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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Definitions for helpmate

  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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Citations for helpmate
A confederate who foresees your conclusions and course of action is always dangerous, but one to whom each development comes as a perpetual surprise, and to whom the future is always a closed book, is, indeed an ideal helpmate. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier," The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, 1927
...Elinor found her on every occasion a most willing and active helpmate, desirous to share in all her fatigues, and often by her better experience in nursing, of material use. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, 1811
Origin of helpmate
Helpmate entered English in the early 1700s from the Middle English construction helpmeet which was used in The Wycliffite Bible.