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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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