helpful

adjective help·ful \ ˈhelp-fəl ; Southern often ˈhep- also ˈheəp- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of helpful

: of service or assistance : useful
  • a helpful neighbor
  • helpful advice
  • just trying to be helpful

helpfully

play \ˈhelp-fə-lē\ adverb

helpfulness

noun

Examples of helpful in a Sentence

  1. A helpful neighbor shoveled our walkway.

  2. a kind and helpful person

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Origin and Etymology of helpful

see 1help


HELPFUL Defined for English Language Learners

helpful

adjective

Definition of helpful for English Language Learners

  • : making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc. : giving help

  • : willing to help other people


HELPFUL Defined for Kids

helpful

adjective help·ful \ ˈhelp-fəl \

Definition of helpful for Students

: providing help
  • a helpful idea

helpfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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