hand·​i·​cap·​per | \ˈhan-di-ˌka-pər, -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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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 And like all sports, there's a certain evil genius to baseball handicappers who know how to set a run total. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 Rossi’’ putter guaranteed to help high handicappers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: Enjoy the fun being produced by the Cincinnati Reds lineup," 3 July 2018 There was a time in the mid-2000s when many Congressional handicappers placed good money on Tom Reynolds to become Speaker of the House. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Ousted Rep. Joe Crowley the latest lawmaker 'supposed to be' House Speaker," 1 July 2018 In the same way that Ocasio-Cortez defied the odds to defeat Crowley, a 10-term veteran who also is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, Pressley is looking to prove political handicappers wrong by defeating Capuano in the Sept. 4 primary. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset in N.Y., can Ayanna Pressley pull off a repeat in Massachusetts?," 28 June 2018 Not long ago, political handicappers believed that Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., would face either Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., or Todd Rokita, R-Ind. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "House Republicans had a bad night – can they prevent a bad November?," 10 May 2018 Favre, once a mid-single digit handicapper, obviously hasn’t played much golf lately. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Celebrity hit-and-giggle scramble with Brett Favre is all about the fun at AmFam Championship," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of handicapper

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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