handicap


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

hand·i·cap

 (hăn′dē-kăp′)
n.
1. Sports & Games
a. A race or contest in which contestants are given advantages or compensations to equalize the chances of winning.
b. Such an advantage or penalty.
2. Usage Problem A physical or mental disability. See Usage Note at handicapped.
3. A disadvantage or inconvenience. See Synonyms at disadvantage.
tr.v. hand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping, hand·i·caps
1. Sports & Games To assign handicaps or a handicap to (a contestant).
2. To cause to be at a disadvantage; impede.
adj. Usage Problem
Handicapped.

[From obsolete hand in cap, a game in which forfeits were held in a cap.]

handicap

(ˈhændɪˌkæp)
n
1. something that hampers or hinders
2. (Individual Sports, other than specified)
a. a contest, esp a race, in which competitors are given advantages or disadvantages of weight, distance, time, etc, in an attempt to equalize their chances of winning
b. the advantage or disadvantage prescribed
3. (Golf) golf the number of strokes by which a player's averaged score exceeds the standard scratch score for the particular course: used as the basis for handicapping in competitive play
4. (Pathology) any physical disability or disadvantage resulting from physical, mental, or social impairment or abnormality
vb (tr) , -caps, -capping or -capped
5. to be a hindrance or disadvantage to
6. (Individual Sports, other than specified) to assign a handicap or handicaps to
7. (Individual Sports, other than specified) to organize (a contest) by handicapping
8. (Horse Racing)
a. to attempt to forecast the winner of (a contest, esp a horse race)
b. to assign odds for or against (a contestant)
[C17: probably from hand in cap, a lottery game in which players drew forfeits from a cap or deposited money in it]

hand•i•cap

(ˈhæn diˌkæp)

n., v. -capped, -cap•ping. n.
1. a race or other contest in which disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, etc., are given to competitors to equalize their chances of winning.
2. the disadvantage or advantage itself.
3. any disadvantage that makes success more difficult.
4. a physical or mental disability, esp. one that makes ordinary activities of daily living difficult.
v.t.
5. to place at a disadvantage; hinder.
6. to assign handicaps to (competitors).
7.
a. to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, esp. a horse race), as by comparing past performances of contestants.
b. to assign odds for or against (a particular contestant).
[1640–50; orig. hand i' cap hand in cap, referring to a drawing before a horse race]

handicap


Past participle: handicapped
Gerund: handicapping

Imperative
handicap
handicap
Present
I handicap
you handicap
he/she/it handicaps
we handicap
you handicap
they handicap
Preterite
I handicapped
you handicapped
he/she/it handicapped
we handicapped
you handicapped
they handicapped
Present Continuous
I am handicapping
you are handicapping
he/she/it is handicapping
we are handicapping
you are handicapping
they are handicapping
Present Perfect
I have handicapped
you have handicapped
he/she/it has handicapped
we have handicapped
you have handicapped
they have handicapped
Past Continuous
I was handicapping
you were handicapping
he/she/it was handicapping
we were handicapping
you were handicapping
they were handicapping
Past Perfect
I had handicapped
you had handicapped
he/she/it had handicapped
we had handicapped
you had handicapped
they had handicapped
Future
I will handicap
you will handicap
he/she/it will handicap
we will handicap
you will handicap
they will handicap
Future Perfect
I will have handicapped
you will have handicapped
he/she/it will have handicapped
we will have handicapped
you will have handicapped
they will have handicapped
Future Continuous
I will be handicapping
you will be handicapping
he/she/it will be handicapping
we will be handicapping
you will be handicapping
they will be handicapping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been handicapping
you have been handicapping
he/she/it has been handicapping
we have been handicapping
you have been handicapping
they have been handicapping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been handicapping
you will have been handicapping
he/she/it will have been handicapping
we will have been handicapping
you will have been handicapping
they will have been handicapping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been handicapping
you had been handicapping
he/she/it had been handicapping
we had been handicapping
you had been handicapping
they had been handicapping
Conditional
I would handicap
you would handicap
he/she/it would handicap
we would handicap
you would handicap
they would handicap
Past Conditional
I would have handicapped
you would have handicapped
he/she/it would have handicapped
we would have handicapped
you would have handicapped
they would have handicapped

handicap

A way of equalizing competition by allowing a certain number of strokes to a golfer playing against a better opponent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handicap - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitnesshandicap - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
bandy leg, bandyleg, bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara, bow leg - a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
anorgasmia - absence of an orgasm in sexual relations
dysphasia - an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage
unfitness, softness - poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
disability of walking - a disability that interferes with or prevents walking
astasia - inability to stand due to muscular incoordination
amputation - a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs
hearing disorder, hearing impairment - impairment of the sense of hearing
dysomia - impairment of the sense of smell
vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment - impairment of the sense of sight
descensus, prolapse, prolapsus - the slipping or falling out of place of an organ (as the uterus)
hypesthesia, hypoesthesia - impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity
genu valgum, knock-knee, tibia valga - an inward slant of the thigh
pigeon toes - disability in which the toes are turned inward; often associated with knock-knee
bandy legs, bow leg, bow legs - outward curvature of the legs
disintegration - a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system; "a disintegration of personality"
2.handicap - advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
penalty - (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
scratch - (golf) a handicap of zero strokes; "a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"
3.handicap - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
albatross, millstone - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
bind - something that hinders as if with bonds
diriment impediment - (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
drag - something that slows or delays progress; "taxation is a drag on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"
obstacle, obstruction - something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
straitjacket - anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines; "they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket"; "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"
Verb1.handicap - injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
injure, wound - cause injuries or bodily harm to
hock - disable by cutting the hock
2.handicap - attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
bias - influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"
3.handicap - put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour - put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm; "This rule clearly disadvantages me"

handicap

noun
1. disability, defect, impairment, physical abnormality a child with a medically recognised handicap
3. advantage, penalty, head start I see your handicap is down from 16 to 12.
verb
1. hinder, limit, restrict, burden, hamstring, hamper, hold back, retard, impede, hobble, encumber, place at a disadvantage Greater levels of stress may seriously handicap some students.
hinder help, further, benefit, aid, forward, promote, boost, assist

handicap

noun
1. A factor conducive to superiority and success:
2. An unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic:
Translations
إعاقَهتَعْديل في سباق رياضي يسبب عائِقاسِباق فيه عائِقعائِقيُعيق، يسبب إعاقَه
handicaphandicapovatpostiženívada
hæmmehandicaphandicap-handicapløbhandicappe
tasoitusvamma
fogyatékossághátrányos helyzetbe hozhendikep
forgjafarkeppniforgjöf, forskotfötlunfötlun; annmarkihindra, tálma
impedimentum
handikapaskliuvinysnegalianeįgaluspasunkinimas
atpalicībahandikapskavēkliskavētnepilnvērtība
handicaphandicapovaťpostihnutietelesná chyba
okvaraovira
elverişsiz durumengelengellemekengelli yarışhandikap

handicap

[ˈhændɪkæp]
A. N
1. (= disadvantage) → desventaja f; (= impediment) → obstáculo m, estorbo m
2. (Sport, Golf) → hándicap m; (= horse race) → hándicap m
3. (Med) → minusvalía f, discapacidad f
B. VT (= prejudice) → perjudicar (Sport) → establecer un hándicap para
he has always been handicapped by his accentsu acento siempre le ha perjudicado or le ha supuesto una desventaja

handicap

[ˈhændikæp]
n
(= disability) → handicap m
(= disadvantage) → désavantage m
(HORSE RACING)handicap m
(GOLF)handicap m
vt
(= put at a disadvantage) [+ person] → désavantager, handicaper; [+ organization, community] → handicaper
(= disable) → handicaper

handicap

n
(Sport) → Handicap nt, → Handikap nt, → Vorgabe f; (= race)Handicaprennen nt; a handicap of 5lbseine (Gewichts)vorgabe or ein Handicap von 5 Pfund
(= disadvantage)Handicap nt; (physical, mental) → Behinderung f; to be under a great handicapsehr im Nachteil sein, stark gehandicapt sein
vtein Handicap ntdarstellen für; chancesbeeinträchtigen; (fig) personbenachteiligen; he has always been handicapped by his accentsein Akzent war immer ein Nachteil mfür ihn; to be (physically/mentally) handicapped(körperlich/geistig) behindert sein; handicapped childrenbehinderte Kinder pl

handicap

[ˈhændɪˌkæp]
1. n (fig) (Sport) → handicap m inv
2. vt (disable) → handicappare, menomare; (hamper) → ostacolare

handicap

(ˈhӕndikӕp) noun
1. something that makes doing something more difficult. The loss of a finger would be a handicap for a pianist.
2. (in a race, competition etc) a disadvantage of some sort (eg having to run a greater distance in a race) given to the best competitors so that others have a better chance of winning.
3. a race, competition etc in which this happens.
4. (a form of) physical or mental disability. children with physical handicaps.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈhandicapped
to make something (more) difficult for. He wanted to be a pianist, but was handicapped by his deafness.
ˈhandicapped adjective
He is physically handicapped and cannot walk; a handicapped child.

hand·i·cap

n. impedimento; obstáculo, desventaja;
handicapped personpersona desvalida, inválida, baldada, impedida.

handicap

(ant) V. disability.
References in classic literature ?
He could draw well enough and he had many odd deli- cate thoughts hidden away in his brain that might have expressed themselves through the brush of a painter, but he was always a child and that was a handicap to his worldly development.
It will, therefore, be readily understood that Archibald's inability to do a hole in single figures did not handicap him at Cape Pleasant as it might have done at St.
You'll find a club-foot rather a handicap in practice.
You start me on my investigation with a very serious handicap.
But the zigzag course that this necessitated was placing such a heavy handicap upon me that my pursuer was steadily gaining upon me.
I found it far from difficult, and even though it was a great handicap upon my instructor that she could not speak my language, she did remarkably well and demonstrated that she possessed ingenuity and intelligence of a high order.
It was because of these things that she bade fair to overcome the handicap of her garments.
Ernest and the socialist leaders fought fiercely to capture the farmers; but the destruction of the socialist press and publishing houses constituted too great a handicap, while the mouth-to-mouth propaganda had not yet been perfected.
Doubtless it is this handicap which has kept them from advancing as rapidly as man, who has more time to give to thought upon other matters.
Let a man be a man and don't handicap him with the label of any section.
It marked, further, the decay or going to pieces of his moral nature, a vain thing and a handicap in the ruthless struggle for existence.
A few minutes later we were playing tennis--a handicap on my part, for I could have no knowledge of his position save when all the angles between himself, the sun, and me, were in proper conjunction.