helping hand


Definition of helping hand

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for helping hand


abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, help, leg up, lift, support



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of helping hand in a Sentence

a skilled mechanic who generously provides a helping hand when his neighbors are plagued by car troubles

Recent Examples on the Web

Spring's arrival at the end of a long winter seems to lift everyone's spirits, so what better time of year to consider those in our communities who may need a helping hand. Rich Heileman,, "Middleburg Heights sets Annual Food Drive: Around The Town," 4 May 2018 When the Ram 1500 accelerates at low speed, its regenerative capability acts as a motor that delivers power to the engine's crankshaft like a helping hand. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 Cg0ArKJSzHtUi_tfhyyLEAE&urlfix=1&adurl= Lending literal helping hands to Kolp were her dad, Joe; her 19-year-old brother, Tanner; and her sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Dillon LeBahn. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Born without a leg, nothing slows down this Chugiak teenager," 24 June 2018 The mother duck was peering anxiously into the drain, where her babies needed a helping hand. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Luckily for these ducklings stuck in a storm drain, firefighters were nearby," 13 June 2018 Six months later there are still droves of people needing a helping hand to rebuild and improve current conditions. Melanie Laughman,, "Preps quick hits: MVCA helps Harvey relief efforts, refs inducted into state Hall of Fame," 9 Mar. 2018 After a marathon of soirees, even the most well-catered-to complexions are in need of a helping hand. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "11 Hit Beauty Gifts for the Friend Who Has Everything," 28 Nov. 2018 But the mother-daughter duo graciously welcomed the curious boy and accepted his offer of a helping hand. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 In the deep-sea vents on Earth, larger animals like shrimp get a helping hand from the Earth’s heat seeping through the vents and organic material that drops from the surface world. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Would Life on Mars Be Like?," 25 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'helping hand.' 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 hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about helping hand

Share helping hand

Dictionary Entries near helping hand



helping card

helping hand

helping verb



Statistics for helping hand

Last Updated

11 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for helping hand

The first known use of helping hand was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for helping hand

helping hand


English Language Learners Definition of helping hand

: help or assistance

More from Merriam-Webster on helping hand

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with helping hand

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for helping hand

Comments on helping hand

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


a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

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!