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[hel-per] /ˈhɛl pər/
a person or thing that helps or gives assistance, support, etc.
an extra locomotive attached to a train at the front, middle, or rear, especially to provide extra power for climbing a steep grade.
Compare doubleheader, pusher (def 5).
Origin of helper
1250-1300; Middle English; see help, -er1
1. aid, assistant; supporter, backer, auxiliary, ally. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Sarah Pugh, the lovely Quaker, was ever her close friend and helper.

  • Simultaneously, it seemed, both he and his helper thought of Smaltz.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • It is the “friend and helper of all those who seek to live in the spirit.”

  • Up to that time I had found no Moro who would work steadily as my helper.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • What honest over-nurse was there for him or helper and guide and friend for them, if she withdrew?

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • Cromwell said, 'your Grace of Canterbury hath a jewel in your crony and helper.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • The tram driver and his helper—arrested by the sight of his furious haste—stood staring with the tram horses unhitched.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • Ernestine paused a moment that Miss Levering might applaud the new 'helper.' '

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • She smiled a pleasant assent, and Bill, pushing aside the helper, seized a large square trunk in his arms.

Word Origin and History for helper

mid-14c., agent noun from help (v.). Helpestre "a female helper" is recorded from c.1400. The Old English agent noun was helpend.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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