help·​ing | \ ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio) \

Definition of helping

1 : a portion of food : serving
2 : dose sense 3 large helpings of reportage and interviews— Stefan Kanfer

Examples of helping in a Sentence

He had two helpings of carrots. Can I give you a second helping?
Recent Examples on the Web Ponder the Roadhouse Burger or Firehouse Jalapeño Burger, both served with a hearty helping of fries and a domestic draft ($12). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020 To me, that’s about as fun as a double helping of kale. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sees the world from a wider lens," 8 June 2020 The Tourist Attraction is a rom and a com in equal measure, perfect for those who need some amoosement with a healthy helping of romance. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: May romances tackle issues with ferocity and love," 1 June 2020 These two men are just incompetent fools, leavened with a large helping of malevolence in Cuomo's case. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "America's coronavirus death toll has been a bipartisan achievement," 22 May 2020 Christmas is coming early this week with a double helping of The Masked Singer. Dana Rose Falcone,, "The Masked Singer," 10 Dec. 2019 Instead, options for filling the Covid-19-foot hole in your summer schedule incorporate a dash of virtual meetings, a pinch of social distancing and a hearty helping of creativity. Matt Villano, CNN, "6 ideas for summer fun now that camp has been canceled," 20 May 2020 Staying connected and helping: Also doing its part to help is Incarnate Word Academy, located next to St. John Bosco Church. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Bosco Parish to sponsor contactless food drop-off event: Sun Postings," 11 May 2020 Mostly it’s stale white bread and mystery meat, with the occasional helping of raisins or prunes. Keri Blakinger The Marshall Project,, "Texas prison food has deteriorated alarmingly during the coronavirus pandemic," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of helping

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Helping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of helping

: an amount of food that is put on a plate at one time : a portion of food


help·​ing | \ ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio) \

Kids Definition of helping

: a serving of food

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