help·​er ˈhel-pər How to pronounce helper (audio)
: one that helps
especially : a relatively unskilled worker who assists a skilled worker usually by manual labor

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 Maintenance helper | Intermittent Department: Countywide Salary: $39,254.40 to $47,731.68 per year The worker helps to maintain county parks, roadways, utility plants, pipes, drainage ditches and more. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 12 Apr. 2024 Instead of competing, players collaborate to complete goal cards, and there are helper cards if assistance is required. Jack Guy, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 These mathematical helpers reduce selection time and boost the efficiency of seeing pictures, watching TV shows and hearing songs: more and faster. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 And don't forget to grab a helper to take photos of your designs. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 When a family finally moves in in the present day, the electronic household helper Cassandra awakens from her decades-long slumber determined to use every single resource at her disposal to ensure she is never left alone again. Ed Meza, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 The helper judged that a staff writer’s profile was well aligned with tech and business reporting jobs at other companies, but less suited for management roles in media because the profile did not mention any management experience. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Ale is getting laid off from the freeze lab when Elizabeth seizes on him, a potential helper. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 In the neighborhood of Alamar, in the outskirts of the country's capital city, Havana, García works with his three helpers — including his 78-year-old father. Orlando Matos, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Helper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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help·​er ˈhel-pər How to pronounce helper (audio)
: one that helps
especially : a person who helps a more skilled person

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