help·​er ˈhel-pər How to pronounce helper (audio)
: one that helps
especially : a relatively unskilled worker who assists a skilled worker usually by manual labor

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of helper was in the 13th century

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“Helper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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help·​er ˈhel-pər How to pronounce helper (audio)
: one that helps
especially : a person who helps a more skilled person

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