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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The Echo Dot at its lowest price ever Having a smart speaker somewhere in your home is like having a little helper around, all the time. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 8 best deals you can find online this weekend," 29 June 2019 According to the school’s internal review, present along with Sims at the practice were nine other football coaches, head athletic trainer TJ Horton, eight student helpers and three certified trainers. Charlotte Carroll,, "Collapse and Confusion: The Death of a Juco Football Player," 24 June 2019 Moments later a ground team arrived with heavier supplies, technical helpers, and an armed ranger. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 Amazon’s Scout robot can’t climb steps, so for the moment the company’s helpers have to take deliveries out of the robot and hand them over on the doorstep. James Vincent, The Verge, "Amazon is creating detailed 3D models of suburbia to train its new delivery robots," 8 June 2019 Duties needing doers include bounce house/inflatable attendants, games monitors, 50/50 raffle salespeople, donation collectors, logistics people, set-up and break-down helpers, and assistants for the Push, Pull, Pedal Patriotic Parade. Steve Smith,, "July In The Sky Seeks Helpers," 6 June 2019 That limitation—also found in competitors such as Siri and Google Assistant—has hampered the ideal of virtual helpers serving as omni-capable butlers. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both," 5 June 2019 Together, Molly and Amy are quite the duo, practically attached to the hip and sharing almost every secret (including the use of a panda plushie as a masturbation helper). Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Booksmart" Star Kaitlyn Dever on What Makes the Movie So Funny, the Euphoria of Crushes, and Awkward Sex Scenes," 22 May 2019 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

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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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