(Hand"i*cap) n. [From hand in cap; perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain
by taking pieces of money from a cap.]
1. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor
possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing
superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap
was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like.
2. 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.
3. An old game at cards. [Obs.] Pepys.
(Hand"i*cap), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handicapped (-kapt); p. pr. & vb. n. Handicapping.] To
encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate
was heavily handicapped.
(Hand"i*cap`per) n. One who determines the conditions of a handicap.
(Hand"i*craft) n. [For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; AS. handcræft.]
1. A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft. Addison.
2. A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman. [R.] Dryden.
(Hand"i*crafts`man) n.; pl. -men (- men). A man skilled or employed in handcraft.
(Hand"i*ly) adv. [See Handy.] In a handy manner; skillfully; conveniently.
(Hand"i*ness), n. The quality or state of being handy.