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

As for athleticism, well, Coco got ample helpings from family there, too. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Coco Gauff’s magic carpet ride at Wimbledon brings her Delray family along | Commentary," 6 July 2019 Organizers were prepared to receive more than a thousand people while still offering additional helpings. Alexander Oleksyn, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alex’s report: Father Joe’s celebrates July 4th with a barbeque for homeless," 5 July 2019 Special cousins and friends went above and beyond in helpings Holly with her health issues in her final years., "Holly Hollister," 23 June 2019 The Avengers: Endgame star was back on his workout grind days after tying the knot with Katherine Schwarzenegger – and wolfing down an oversized helping of wedding cake. Rachel Desantis,, "Chris Pratt Jokes He Ate '12 lbs. of Wedding Cake' After Marrying Katherine Schwarzenegger," 12 June 2019 Erik was always willing to lend a helping hand without hesitation., "Erik Marshall Ryerson," 5 June 2019 Their three-year romance included liberal helpings of drama: public feuds with Tyga's baby mama (who later had a baby with Kylie's brother, Rob Kardashian), continuous pregnancy rumors, and multiple messy public breakups. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 The new standard for steel rebar in China—which sets out specifications for three high-strength grades, each requiring a helping of vanadium—took shape as buyers were facing a shortfall. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 His Spring 2009 collection brought together wide ranging references, from Africa to 1940s pompadours, all served up with a helping of 1970s decadence. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'helping.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of helping

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about helping

Statistics for helping

Last Updated

14 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for helping

The first known use of helping was in 1883

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for helping



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on helping

Spanish Central: Translation of helping

Nglish: Translation of helping for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of helping for Arabic Speakers

Comments on helping

What made you want to look up helping? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!