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

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Any attempt to help the helper would give up a wide open three-pointer elsewhere on the floor. Rob Mahoney,, "The Rockets’ Isolation Offense Is an Opponents' Nightmare," 20 Mar. 2018 Harry Styles fans weaponized Tumblr accounts and VPNs to promote his first solo single and album in 2017, but BTS fans took the blueprint further, creating tests for wannabe helpers to verify their devotion. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 This protocol came to prominence thanks to smaller companies and DIY tinkerers being the primary helpers in the limited-mobility niche. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Adaptive Controller is now out—and we go hand, foot, fingers, and elbows-on," 6 Sep. 2018 In 2017, confrontations broke out in the Netherlands over the helper of the Dutch version of Santa Claus. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 Managed accounts, which pair portfolios devised by algorithms with human helpers at call centers, charge about 0.4%, on average. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "How Your 401(k) Could Imitate Netflix," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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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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