Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “handicapped”

handicapped

adjective     /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ old-fashioned
not able to use part of your body or your mind because it has been damaged in some way. This word is now considered offensive by many people , who prefer the word disabled : What's the best way of improving theatre access for people who are physically handicapped?Handicap and the disabled
(Definition of handicapped adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of handicapped

Definitions of “handicapped” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

best man

a male friend or relation of the bridegroom who stands with him and helps him during a marriage ceremony

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More