Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Words You've Been Using Wrong

helpless

[help-lis] /ˈhɛlp lɪs/
adjective
1.
unable to help oneself; weak or dependent:
a helpless invalid.
2.
deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated:
They were helpless with laughter.
3.
affording no help.
Origin of helpless
1125-1175
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at help, -less
Related forms
helplessly, adverb
helplessness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for helplessly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for helplessly

helpless

/ˈhɛlplɪs/
adjective
1.
unable to manage independently
2.
made powerless or weak: they were helpless from so much giggling
3.
without help
Derived Forms
helplessly, adverb
helplessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for helplessly

helpless

adj.

"unable to act for oneself," c.1200, from help (n.) + -less. Related: Helplessly; helplessness. In Middle English and later sometimes also "unable to give help, affording no help" (late 14c.), but this was never common.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for helplessly

Word Value for helplessly

18
20
Scrabble Words With Friends