help·​ing ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio)
: a portion of food : serving
: dose sense 3
large helpings of reportage and interviews Stefan Kanfer

Example Sentences

He had two helpings of carrots. Can I give you a second helping?
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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of helping was in 1883

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“Helping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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help·​ing ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio)
: a portion of food : serving
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