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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
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at help, -er1
1. aid, assistant; supporter, backer, auxiliary, ally. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Who would for a moment think of suggesting his name as a helper?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She was driven from a pious family; but she had no home, no friend, no helper!

  • He had therefore everything to learn by himself, without any helper.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Joe Nelson, the choreman, is my helper and does all the heavy work.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • If you can get on for a day or two longer, I'll try to get a helper down!

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then Seth sprung the news that he had a "sort of helper" already.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Before his helper could comment on this declaration, it was repeated.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was on his way back to the bedroom when his helper called.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • At last he walked to the closed door of his helper's room and rapped.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
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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