Handicap

Noun

  • An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.

    "The older boy won, even though his opponent had been granted a handicap of five meters."

  • A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
  • Something that prevents, hampers, or hinders.

    "Age is often a handicap."

  • (sometimes considered offensive) The disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.
  • An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.

    "A handicap in chess often involves removal of the queen's rook."

  • (obsolete, card game) An old card game.

Verb

  • To estimate betting odds.

    "Grandpa Andy would buy the racing form the day ahead of time so he could handicap the race before he even arrived at the track."

  • (transitive, by extension) To place at disadvantage.

    "The candidate was heavily handicapped."

  • (transitive) To encumber with a handicap in any contest.

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