help·​er | \ ˈhel-pər How to pronounce helper (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The third arm, helper T cells, are the conductors that coordinate production of antibodies, killer T cells, and the rest of the immune orchestra. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "An ‘uncoordinated’ immune response may explain why COVID-19 strikes some hard, particularly the elderly," 16 Sep. 2020 Carefully tilt the mirror forward into the helper’s hands and lift it off the bottom clips. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020 Yoshi went from an occasional helper in Super Mario World to a permanently controllable character in Yoshi's Island, tasked with protecting a near-helpless Baby Mario riding on his back. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Masterpiece: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island," 6 Sep. 2020 While many other states allow voters to appoint a helper of their choice, voting assistance may be a low priority for understaffed institutions struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks. Ryan Mccarthy, ProPublica, "Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic," 26 Aug. 2020 Here’s how to narrow down your search for a handy helper at the woodshed. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Split Wood Faster and Easier," 19 Aug. 2020 To avoid straining your back, always work with a helper, and lift with your knees, not your back. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 The helper would then shoot photos on their phone and send them to Gaber for editing. Nicole Carroll, USA TODAY, "The Backstory: How and why USA TODAY is recognizing Women of the Century," 13 Aug. 2020 Sander and colleagues also found that a third of the 68 people who had never been exposed to the novel coronavirus also had these helper T cells. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Why antibodies may not be the key to beating coronavirus," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of helper

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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19 Sep 2020

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“Helper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of helper

: someone who helps another person with a job or task

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