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 combination a 5-handicapper

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Ted] Budd is one of two GOP incumbents in this region of North Carolina being targeted by Democrats, with pollsters and independent handicappers saying the races could be competitive. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rudy Giuliani is repeating seven mistakes that brought down previous Trump advisers," 7 May 2018 New England is favored by 9 points over visiting Jacksonville in the AFC championship game, according to handicapper Vegas Vic. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Eagles-Vikings odds: Point spread makes Philadelphia an underdog, again," 14 Jan. 2018 Our resident handicapper, Bob Ike, takes off those weeks. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! It’s post time at Los Alamitos," 28 June 2018 Inside Elections, another campaign handicapper, carries eight California Republican seats on its competitive race list. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Today is the most important day of 2018 so far for Democrats' chances in the House," 5 June 2018 If Democrats win the House majority—as many political handicappers believe possible—ratification of the agreement could be difficult. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "U.S.-Mexico Trade Pact Faces Scrutiny From Lawmakers at Home," 30 Aug. 2018 Governing magazine’s Lou Jacobson, the best state-level handicapper in the business, thinks the race for the Colorado Senate is a toss-up. Dylan Scott, Vox, "9 states where Democrats can win back legislative control from Republicans in 2018," 30 July 2018 One of the things handicappers look at when making their decisions is workouts. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Some early Kentucky Derby numbers to chew on," 23 Apr. 2018 Jose Contreras is an excellent handicapper and well known on social media and familiar to racing fans watching on TVG. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of handicapper

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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