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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Foreign helpers, including some of the world's best cave divers, also began travelling home. Fox News, "Mission accomplished and boys healthy, rescuers head home," 13 July 2018 Melrose 18, Belmont 7 — Junior Lily Cunningham corralled seven goals and two assists and sophomore Emma Randolph added six goals and a pair of helpers for the Red Raiders (8-3). Chris Bokum,, "North Andover wins duel with Central Catholic," 2 May 2018 But there’s also that race for governor of Illinois, between socially liberal Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Boss Madigan’s favorite billionaire, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the plumber’s helper. John Kass,, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 Turnover for retail helpers was just 9% last year compared to 45% for all part-time employees, says Joalyn Torgerson, Kwik Trip’s return-to-work coordinator. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Willing and able: Disabled workers prove their value in tight labor market," 5 Mar. 2018 The three helpers crouched in a line in front of the basket. Nick Vadala,, "The Internet hated Kevin Hart's NBA All-Star Game intro almost as much as Fergie's National Anthem," 19 Feb. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of helper

: someone who helps another person with a job or task

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obstinately defiant of authority

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