helpmate

[help-meyt]

noun

a companion and helper.
a spouse.
anything that aids or assists, especially regularly: This calculator is my constant helpmate.

Nearby words

  1. helpless,
  2. helplessly,
  3. helpline,
  4. helpmann,
  5. helpmann, sir robert,
  6. helpmeet,
  7. helprin,
  8. helsingborg,
  9. helsingfors,
  10. helsingør

Origin of helpmate

1705–15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet

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British Dictionary definitions for helpmate

helpmate

noun

a companion and helper, esp a wife
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Word Origin and History for helpmate

helpmate

n.

"companion," 1715, altered from helpmeet, a ghost word, from the Biblical translation of Latin adjutorium simile sibi [Gen. ii:18] as "an help meet (i.e. fit) for him" (Hebrew 'ezer keneghdo), which already by 1673 was being printed as help-meet and mistaken for one word.

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