Meaning of “handicapped” in the English Dictionary

"handicapped" in British English

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handicappedadjective

uk /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ us /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ old-fashioned

not able to use part of your body or your mind because it has been damaged or does not work normally. This word is now considered offensive by many people, who prefer to say someone is disabled or has a disability:

What's the best way of improving theatre access for people who are physically handicapped?

handicappednoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ us /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ old-fashioned
the handicapped

people who cannot use part of their body or mind because it has been damaged or does not work normally. This word is now considered offensive by many people, who prefer to say disabled people or people with disabilities.

(Definition of “handicapped” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)