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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Now, shake the box back and forth as your helper continues to pull the paper strip through, doing their best to pull at a constant speed. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Shaky Science: Build a Seismograph," 22 Aug. 2019 Nora is a pragmatic and desert-hardened woman, stubborn to Crace’s bullying and with little patience for flights of fancy — and least of all for Josie, Emmett’s cousin and her helper. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Téa Obreht follows up 'The Tiger's Wife' with 'Inland' a haunted, fantastical Western," 13 Aug. 2019 In this system, the alpha pair of the pack do most of the breeding, while the other adults serve as childless helpers at the nest. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise," 3 Aug. 2019 Characters and entertainers from Rail Event Productions lead onboard entertainment throughout each car on the train, before Santa and his helpers arrive with gifts. Ben Crandell,, "Christmas in July: Brightline puts 2019 Polar Express train tickets on sale, adds Miami route," 30 July 2019 Roll up all edges of newspaper tightly toward you to create a brim, or ask your helper to do it for you. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hats off to summer fun with this customizable head gear," 11 July 2019 But at Dan’s Place, a monthly pop-up eatery at Chabad of Poway synagogue, those being served aren’t the diners , but the kitchen helpers, waiters and clean-up crew. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pop-up restaurant both honors, supports adults with special needs," 30 July 2019 Men rode stationary bikes atop these wobbling floats, and helpers sat in the cabs and tossed key chains and sun visors and candy at the feet of spectators. Michael Powell, New York Times, "On the Road With the Tour de France," 18 July 2019 The morning everyone showed up, Dunwoody and two helpers cleaned and prepped the street, then Dunwoody handed the templates and paint brushes to volunteers, assigning them either black keys or white keys. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "This piano crosswalk was painted by a group of strangers with no training but a lot of harmony," 28 June 2019

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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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