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).

Nearby words

  1. helots,
  2. help,
  3. help oneself,
  4. help out,
  5. help screens,
  6. helper cell,
  7. helper t cell,
  8. helper t-cell,
  9. helper virus,
  10. helpful

Origin of helper

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at help, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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