helping

[ hel-ping ]
/ ˈhɛl pɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that helps.
a portion of food served to a person at one time: That's his third helping of ice cream.

adjective

giving aid, assistance, support, or the like.

Nearby words

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

Origin of helping

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at help, -ing1, -ing2

Related formshelp·ing·ly, adverbun·help·ing, adjective

Origin of help

before 900; Middle English helpen, Old English helpan; cognate with German helfen

SYNONYMS FOR help
1. encourage, befriend; support, second, uphold, back, abet. Help, aid, assist, succor agree in the idea of furnishing another with something needed, especially when the need comes at a particular time. Help implies furnishing anything that furthers one's efforts or relieves one's wants or necessities. Aid and assist, somewhat more formal, imply especially a furthering or seconding of another's efforts. Aid implies a more active helping; assist implies less need and less help. To succor, still more formal and literary, is to give timely help and relief in difficulty or distress: Succor him in his hour of need. 3. further, promote, foster. 6. ameliorate. 7. alleviate, cure, heal. 12. support, backing.

Related forms

Usage note

21. Help but, in sentences like She's so clever you can't help but admire her, has been condemned by some as the ungrammatical version of cannot help admiring her, but the idiom is common in all kinds of speech and writing and can only be characterized as standard.

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British Dictionary definitions for helping

helping

/ (ˈhɛlpɪŋ) /

noun

a single portion of food taken at a meal

help

/ (hɛlp) /

verb

noun

interjection

used to ask for assistance
See also help out

Derived Formshelpable, adjectivehelper, noun

Word Origin for help

Old English helpan; related to Old Norse hjalpa, Gothic hilpan, Old High German helfan

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Word Origin and History for helping
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Idioms and Phrases with helping

help

In addition to the idioms beginning with help

  • helping hand
  • help oneself
  • help out

also see:

  • can't help but
  • every little bit helps
  • not if one can help it
  • so help me
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