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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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 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

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First Known Use of handicapper

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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