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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But some of the characters’ wives still get involved as helpers, since sneaking up on someone takes a lot of planning and scheming. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Tag, You’re Not It," 14 June 2018 Yvonne works as a library helper at Maple Elementary School, and Ryan, 37, does custodial work for the district. Maxine Bernstein,, "Thurston 20 years later: 'We know exactly how they feel'," 20 May 2018 Like Alicia, she had been energized and secretive in the early years of her addiction, working as a day care teacher and also assisting families of children with autism, through a state program that provides helpers in their homes. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 De La Cruz, who worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, scrimped and saved to put dresses, chocolates and toys in her children’s care packages. Frank Shyong,, "These boxes are a billion-dollar industry of homesickness for Filipinos overseas," 28 Apr. 2018 Montecito High advanced construction student Gustavo Mercado assisted as a helper., "Montecito High construction students qualify for national competition," 25 Apr. 2018 Included were the elimination of all remaining teacher mentor positions and many special education inclusion helper positions, as well as other staff cuts and expense reductions. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Cuts loom in Harford school budget to erase $17.6M 'funding gap'," 5 June 2018 Be sure to call on any extra hands around you — friends and family often make great kitchen helpers. Grace Dickinson,, "How to prep your Passover Seder in advance," 20 Mar. 2018 Kwik Trip launched its program to place people with disabilities in retail helper jobs in 2013. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Willing and able: Disabled workers prove their value in tight labor market," 5 Mar. 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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