Meaning of handicapped in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhandɪkapt/

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dated, offensive
  • (of a person) having a condition that markedly restricts their ability to function physically, mentally, or socially.

    • ‘a special school for handicapped children’
    • ‘his third child was born severely handicapped’
    • ‘I was born with one arm and some would say I am handicapped or disabled.’
    • ‘The focus now is to assist those who are most disadvantaged—young girls and handicapped children—receive an education.’
    • ‘Fifteen handicapped persons have already completed the training course.’
    • ‘The Karachi Building Control Authority was inquired if any rule existed to ensure accessibility to handicapped people at public places.’
    • ‘Impact, which is gearing up for strike action at the end of January, said it regretted that handicapped people would be sent home but insisted that members had little choice except to embark on a strike.’
    • ‘The service it provides for schoolchildren, students, handicapped people, young mothers, pensioners and thousands of ordinary York residents is far too important to sell off for a fast buck.’
    • ‘She has co-founded an organization that has had a profound impact on the way handicapped people are treated in the Southeast and has been an integral part of its operation for almost half a century.’
    • ‘But nothing compares to the feeling you get when a sick or handicapped person thanks you for something you've done for them, and by the end of the week you're thanking them.’
    • ‘In the neighbouring Karnataka, all handicapped persons are entitled to travel throughout the State freely.’
    • ‘Zupan becomes the natural center for many not only because of his laser-like leadership, but because he represents a deconstruction of the standard handicapped person.’
    • ‘The requirement is viewed as a social corrective action rather than a burden on employers, as handicapped persons make up a trained and qualified work force.’
    • ‘A lot of people are handicapped in their minds with their thinking.’
    • ‘However at this stage John has decided to hang up his boots and devote his time to working in the L' Arche community in Dublin - an organisation which looks after handicapped adults in a home environment.’
    • ‘Yet against this stands Cameron's credentials as the father of a severely handicapped two-year-old son, Ivan, who requires 24-hour-care.’
    • ‘It was also that Government which was willing to fight Marie O'Donoghue in the courts, who was seeking to get appropriate education for her young handicapped son, Paul.’
    • ‘He joined the staff at St Lucia's School of Music and soon after was hired to teach music to handicapped children at the Special Education centers in Castries and Vieux Fort.’
    • ‘‘It is something which will hopefully be enjoyed by both able-bodied and handicapped residents alike,’ Shirley added.’
    • ‘I have been involved in local community organisations for nearly thirty years now (I've got two handicapped sons).’
    • ‘The rest of the players' accents faltered somewhat, except Philip Jordan's Birmingham twang as Norman, the soldier that handicapped Helen falls for in a big way.’
    • ‘In addition to its emphasis on adult education, the Report presents a strong case for the special needs of the gifted as well as handicapped children.’
    • ‘Why shouldn't handicapped men be agile sportsmen?’
    having a disability, wheelchair-using, paralysed, paraplegic, quadriplegic, tetraplegic, monoplegic


The word handicapped is first recorded in the late 19th century in the sense referring to a person's mental or physical disabilities. In British English it was the standard term until the 1980s, but it has been superseded by disabled, or, in reference to mental disability, expressions such as having learning difficulties or learning-disabled. In American English handicapped is still sometimes used, especially in phrases such as handicapped-accessible and handicapped parking