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

Origin of helpful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at help, -ful
Related formshelp·ful·ly, adverbhelp·ful·ness, nouno·ver·help·ful, adjectiveo·ver·help·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·help·ful·ness, nounqua·si-help·ful, adjectivequa·si-help·ful·ly, adverbun·help·ful, adjectiveun·help·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for helpful

Antonyms for helpful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for helpfully

Contemporary Examples of helpfully

Historical Examples of helpfully

  • "You mean read minutes, and things like that," suggested Marjorie, helpfully.

  • "It's the only type G star in that direction," suggested Chambers, helpfully.


    Clifford Donald Simak

  • “Madame is an admirer of the great Napolon,” explained Amlie helpfully.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels

    Mrs. Charles Bryce

  • It is only at this point that sincere and groping minds can be helpfully influenced.

    Faces in the Fire

    Frank W. Boreham

  • “Yes,” she returned, not at all helpfully, though in no way forbidding.

British Dictionary definitions for helpfully



serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Formshelpfully, adverbhelpfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for helpfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper