Origin of helping
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of help
Synonyms for help
Antonyms for help
Related Words for helpingserving, dollop, ration, share, order, course, piece, meal, allowance, plateful
Examples from the Web for helping
Contemporary Examples of helping
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Congress loves to be Scroogey when it comes to helping the poor at Christmastime.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Objectively, they are not just riding with the tide, but helping to guide its very direction.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
Regardless of party, those who work in government do so because they care about helping their fellow citizens.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
“She understands that she is part of this movement, and that she is helping to lead it,” said one organizer.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of helping
"I think I will," said the superintendent, helping himself to a fresh slice of toast.Brave and Bold
Calvert and I have been helping our neighbors to get in the harvest.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
What a farce it was to talk to her about helping those poor fellows!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I thought of helping them to get a small house somewhere and of taking a room with them.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
You needn't worry about helping yourself; I've got a dozen bottles more.'The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- to avoid or refrain fromwe can't help wondering who he is
- (usually foll by it)to prevent or be responsible forI can't help it if it rains
- to serve (someone with food, etc) (usually in the phrase help oneself)may I help you to some more vegetables?; help yourself to peas
- to provide (oneself with) without permissionhe's been helping himself to money out of the petty cash
- on my honour
- no matter whatso help me, I'll get revenge
- a person hired for a job; employee, esp a farm worker or domestic servant
- (functioning as singular)several employees collectively
Word Origin for help
"aid, assistance," late 13c., from present participle of help (v.). Meaning "serving food" is from 1824; that of "a portion of food" is from 1883.
Old English help (m.), helpe (f.) "assistance, succor;" see help (v.). Most Germanic languages also have the noun form, cf. Old Norse hjalp, Swedish hjälp, Old Frisian helpe, Dutch hulp, Old High German helfa, German Hilfe. Use of help as euphemism for "servant" is American English, 1640s, tied up in notions of class and race.
A domestic servant of American birth, and without negro blood in his or her veins ... is not a servant, but a 'help.' 'Help wanted,' is the common heading of advertisements in the North, when servants are required. [Chas. Mackay, "Life and Liberty in America," 1859].
Though help also meant "assistant, helper, supporter" in Middle English (c.1200).
Old English helpan (class III strong verb; past tense healp, past participle holpen) "help, support, succor; benefit, do good to; cure, amend," from Proto-Germanic *helpan (cf. Old Norse hjalpa, Old Frisian helpa, Middle Dutch and Dutch helpen, Old High German helfan, German helfen), from PIE root *kelb- "to help" (cf. Lithuanian selpiu "to support, help").
Recorded as a cry of distress from late 14c. Sense of "serve someone with food at table" (1680s) is translated from French servir "to help, stead, avail," and led to helping "portion of food." Related: Helped (c.1300). The Middle English past participle holpen survives in biblical and U.S. dialectal use.
In addition to the idioms beginning with help
- helping hand
- help oneself
- help out
- can't help but
- every little bit helps
- not if one can help it
- so help me