Handicap - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈhændikæp|  American pronunciation of the word handicap
Brit.  |ˈhandɪkap|  British pronunciation of the word handicap


- the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness (syn: disability, disablement, impairment)
- advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress (syn: balk, baulk, check, deterrent, hindrance, impediment)


- injure permanently (syn: disable, incapacitate, invalid)
- attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
- put at a disadvantage (syn: hamper, hinder)


His shyness was a handicap in his job.

She's been practicing a lot and her handicap has gone down from 18 to 12.

It's very hard to handicap the election at this point.

...the baseball player's small size did not handicap him in the least...

She finds it a bit of a handicap to live without a phone.

Rescue efforts have been handicapped by rough seas.

Not speaking the language is a real handicap.

He's improved a lot, and his handicap has come down from 18 to 12.

The charity is handicapped by lack of funds.

In cases of severe mental handicap, constant supervision is recommended.

The committee's work is handicapped by conflict and distrust.

you have to turn in your card to get a handicap

Word forms

I/you/we/they: handicap
he/she/it: handicaps
present participle: handicapping
past tense: handicapped
past participle: handicapped
singular: handicap
plural: handicaps
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