(noun, verb)


1. the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

Similar word(s): disability, disablement, impairment

Definition categories: state, softness, unfitness

2. advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning

Definition categories: attribute, advantage, vantage

3. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Similar word(s): balk, baulk, check, deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Definition categories: thought, difficulty

Sentences with handicap as a noun:

- Age is often a handicap.

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

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


1. injure permanently

Similar word(s): disable, incapacitate, invalid

Definition categories: body, injure, wound

2. attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

Definition categories: competition, bias

3. put at a disadvantage

Similar word(s): hamper, hinder

Definition categories: competition, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour

Sentences with handicap as a verb:

- The candidate was heavily handicapped.

- 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.