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  1. a person or thing that helps or gives assistance, support, etc.
  2. 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).
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Origin of helper

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at help, -er1


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Historical Examples

  • Who would for a moment think of suggesting his name as a helper?

  • 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.


    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

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.

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