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

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

  • She had been fashioned to be his helpmate, as surely as if she had been made of the same bone.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • The parson in his silk cassock, and his helpmate in brown damask.

  • But her life was busy and earnest; she was helpmate, not in name only, to an ever busy man.

  • In all this his wife is his helpmate, his mother his inspiration.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • I could never have applied to her the homely but significant name of helpmate.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for helpmate


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


"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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