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 If the situation is acute, the coach (or anyone taking the helper role) is simply available for the safe expression and exploration of the emotions experienced in conjunction with the shock event. Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Boro also comes to Lisa under the guise of a helper. Shannon Carlin,, 17 Aug. 2021 During testing, senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So used it as a diaper bag, a gear hauler, and a grocery store helper, and liked it for all three purposes. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 24 July 2021 Eight clients of Canine Companions for Independence arrived at the Give Kids The World Village to begin training on how to handle their new four-footed helper. Kathleen Christiansen,, 13 Aug. 2021 Spotting him quickly and sensing the boy could benefit from positive attention, Elsner tasked him to be his technology helper. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 12 Aug. 2021 At first, Calamy plays Noemie as a loyal helper with a crush on her boss but not enough confidence to act on it., 23 Mar. 2021 Throughout the day, have a helper go through and fluff or fold clothing, put together new outfits, and rearrange pieces on tables. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2021 But Weissman notes that interferons can also block the generation of T helper cells that, in turn, direct B cells to make antibodies. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 18 June 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Helper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of helper

: someone who helps another person with a job or task

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