helpful

[ help-fuhl ]
/ ˈhɛlp fəl /

adjective

giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service: Your comments were very helpful.

Nearby words

  1. helper,
  2. helper cell,
  3. helper t cell,
  4. helper t-cell,
  5. helper virus,
  6. helpfully,
  7. helping,
  8. helping hand,
  9. helping verb,
  10. helpingly

Origin of helpful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at help, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for helpful

helpful

/ (ˈhɛlpfʊl) /

adjective

serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Formshelpfully, adverbhelpfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for helpful

helpful

adj.

late 14c., from help (n.) + -ful. Related: Helpfully; helpfulness.

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