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n. Sports & Games
1. One who assigns handicaps.
2. One who predicts the winners in a horserace, especially one who publishes such predictions as a guide for bettors.


1. (Individual Sports, other than specified) an official appointed to assign handicaps to competitors in such sports as golf and horse racing
2. (Journalism & Publishing) a newspaper columnist employed to estimate the chances that horses have of winning races


(ˈhæn diˌkæp ər)

a. an official who assigns handicaps to contestants, as in a horse race or golf tournament.
b. a person employed, as by a newspaper, to make predictions on the outcomes of horse races.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handicapper - someone who sets the betting odds based on calculations of the outcome of a contest (especially a horse race)
gambler - a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
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Then I read what the handicappers had to say,'' the owner joked.
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Almost every week, trainers are outraged at the assessment of their horses for precisely the same reason as Nicholls, but the BHB handicappers know their job very well and are able to defend their work with total justification 99 per cent of the time.
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Last year, NHC VI attracted more than 200 handicappers who competed for the national title by placing win/place bets on 30 mythical races.
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Root and his team of GWIN handicappers are also the recipients of the first and only OSGA endorsement and certification of a professional sports handicapper.