help·er | \ ˈhel-pər \

Definition of helper 

: one that helps especially : a relatively unskilled worker who assists a skilled worker usually by manual labor

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Examples of helper in a Sentence

The carpenter measured the wall while one of his helpers brought in the tools. over the summer Chris worked as a carpenter's helper

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In this spirit Ray began working to identify and catalog the local Cambridgeshire flora, with Willughby acting a keen helper. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 But a sure-handed helper grabbed the balloon, allowing the class to continue without trouble. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Technology Class Successfully Launches Weather Balloon," 18 June 2018 Ed played golf at Sable Point and many other courses, as well as being a Christian helper to anyone in need both near and far. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 Atascocita High School Senior Addison Grace Lemoine, has been a student helper in this event for several years. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD students integrate in sports competition," 23 May 2018 Group brainstorming can motivate a reluctant helper., "A caregiver’s guide to creating a getaway plan," 9 May 2018 Desmond travels with a couple of helpers, including a young woman whose interest in saving primitive environments dovetails with the piano teacher’s obsession with education and culture. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 McDonald's also provides a barbecue for all of the helpers that make the event possible. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "'July In The Sky' Set For July 10," 2 July 2018 One of those places, which has benefited from the helpers for the past four years, was the Brunswick Area Historical Society's Heritage Farm. Sun News Staff,, "St. Ambrose Parish volunteers help throughout Brunswick community: Photos," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of helper

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of helper

: someone who helps another person with a job or task

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