handicap definition

  • noun:
    • Sports & Games A race or competition where contestants are given benefits or compensations to equalize the probability of winning.
    • Sports & Games Such a benefit or punishment.
    • A physical or mental impairment. See Synonyms at drawback.
    • A hindrance.
    • An allowance of a certain amount of time or length in starting, awarded in a race (or other competition of ability) to your competitor possessing drawbacks; or an additional weight or any other barrier imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, whenever you can, the likelihood of success.
    • The disadvantage itself, in particular real or mental drawbacks of men and women.
    • A race, for ponies or men, or any contest of agility, energy, or skill, in which there is certainly an allowance of the time, distance, weight, or any other benefit, to equalize the likelihood of the competitors.
    • An old online game at cards. - Pepys
    • An allowance of a certain amount of time or length in starting, granted in a race into competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional body weight or any other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior benefits, being equalize, whenever possible, the likelihood of success.
    • A race, for ponies or males, or any contest of agility, energy, or skill, for which there is an allowance period, distance, body weight, or other advantage, to equalize the probability of the competitors.
    • a vintage game at cards.
    • a physical or mental disability of this body making regular human being activities harder or impossible.
    • any drawback that produces an action harder or impossible.
    • a vintage online game at cards, perhaps not unlike loo.
    • In rushing and athletics, an extra burden placed upon, or a particular requirement made of, a superior competitor in favor of a substandard, in order to make their particular possibilities much more equal.
    • A race where the supposed superiority of particular competitors is counterbalanced by charges of excess weight, distance, or time enforced to them, or the inferiority of other people is compensated by a lot of time or length approved them in beginning; any competition or competition in which an allowance of the time or distance or any other advantage is fond of an inferior competitor: as, the Newmarket handicap.
    • one thing immaterial that inhibits or delays activity or development
    • benefit directed at a competitor to equalize chances of winning
    • the condition of being unable to perform because of actual or psychological unfitness
  • verb-transitive:
    • Sports & Games To assign handicaps or a handicap to (a contestant).
    • resulting in to-be at a disadvantage; impede.
    • To encumber with a handicap in virtually any contest; therefore, generally speaking, to place at disadvantage.
  • verb:
    • To encumber with a handicap in just about any competition.
    • To place at drawback.
    • To approximate gambling chances.
    • try to predict the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign chances for or against a contestant
    • put at a disadvantage
    • injure permanently
  • others:
    • Noting a contest in which specific competitors tend to be handicapped: as, a handicap competition or game.
    • To impose, as upon a competitor in a race or any other competition, some disadvantage, like a penalty of excess weight or length or an allowance of a-start or any other advantage to an opponent.
    • Figuratively, to position at a disadvantage because of the imposition of every embarrassment, impediment, or impairment: as, handicapped by age, by inexperience, etc.

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