help·​ing ˈhel-piŋ How to pronounce helping (audio)
: a portion of food : serving
: dose sense 3
large helpings of reportage and interviewsStefan 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 The most obvious way to stand out in a big, loud multitude is to be louder, and loudness, with a side helping of eeriness, was more or less the métier of the mid-century Italian artist Domenico Gnoli. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 In other words, Newsom’s approach involves a heaping helping of hand-waving. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Dine-in orders can get a second helping for half the price. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Also down for second helping of Romy and Michele: Sorvino and Kudrow's costar in the film, Alan Cumming. Wendy Naugle, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 For an extra-large helping of Southern hospitality, consider The Spectator Hotel for your next trip to the Holy City. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2024 The combination of these two ingredients brings savory meatiness to these little veggie wraps and will lure you back for second (and third) helpings. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 Friendly staff are ready and waiting to welcome guests to the inviting dining room, where Canadian classics and continuous helpings of coffee are offered at breakfast. Yasemen Kaner-White, theweek, 30 Jan. 2024 Christopher Nolan gave Oscar voters an IMAX-sized helping of their favorite genre — the great-man-of-history biopic — and after the movie made nearly a billion dollars worldwide, its path to the top Oscar was clear. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of helping was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Helping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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