hand·​i·​cap·​per | \ ˈhan-di-ˌka-pər How to pronounce handicapper (audio) , -dē- \

Definition of handicapper

1 : a person who assigns handicaps
2 : a person who predicts the winners in a contest (such as a horse race)
3 : a person who competes with a (specified) handicap (as in golf) usually used in combinationa 5-handicapper

Examples of handicapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is a 50-50 chance, according to political handicappers, that Democrats could seize the Senate in November. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about Judge Justin Walker and his backing by Sen. Mitch McConnell," 5 May 2020 Picks for this week’s games are scheduled for publication Thursday morning and will, as usual, include audio of my conversation with handicapper Raphael Esparza of Doc’s Sports. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Colorado’s windfall, letter to new USC boss, night game woes, UW’s Cohen on scheduling and more," 19 Sep. 2019 Like compulsive gamblers who react to every losing streak by changing their betting strategy rather than quitting outright, political handicappers adjust to every stunning campaign development by unapologetically peddling new certainties. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Media’s Lousy Election Analysis Is Damaging Political Discourse," 12 Feb. 2020 Election handicappers say a Democratic takeover is possible, but not yet likely. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds," 22 Jan. 2018 But instead of admitting their mistake in singling those candidates out, the TV handicappers and newspaper analysts are now actively promoting new theories about the field. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Media’s Lousy Election Analysis Is Damaging Political Discourse," 12 Feb. 2020 According to handicapper Danny Sheridan, the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are sitting as the teams to beat in the Super Bowl LV futures odds, coming in at 8:1. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Chiefs named co-favorites for next year's Super Bowl after beating 49ers for title," 3 Feb. 2020 Everyone starts over and handicappers and bettors can throw out polluted perceptions from pre-conference schedules that were too easy (cupcakes on parade) or too difficult (made-for-TV testers). Jeff Fogle, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what to look for when betting college basketball," 2 Jan. 2020 At this point, most of the leading Oscar handicappers — Anne Thompson of Indiewire, Glenn Whipp of The Los Angeles Times, Tim Gray of Variety — are predicting that the academy will put forward an all-male field for best director. Nicole Sperling, New York Times, "Women Made Them. Viewers and Critics Liked Them. No One Nominated Them.," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of handicapper

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handicapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handicapper. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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