helpmate

[help-meyt]

noun

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

Origin of helpmate

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

noun

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