Definition of helpless
1 : lacking protection or support : defenseless <as helpless as a flock of shepherdless sheep — W. H. Mallock>
2a : marked by an inability to act or react <the crowd looked on in helpless horror — Current Biog.>b : not able to be controlled or restrained <helpless laughter>
Examples of helpless in a sentence
The civilians were helpless against their attackers.
Firefighters were helpless against the blaze.
I feel helpless. Isn't there anything I can do?
The crowd was helpless with laughter.
He was helpless with rage.
Origin and Etymology of helpless
First Known Use: before 12th century
HELPLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of helpless for English Language Learners
: not protected : not able to defend yourself
: unable to do something to make a situation, task, etc., better or easier
: not able to be controlled
HELPLESS Defined for Kids
Definition of helpless for Students
: without help or defense <a helpless infant>
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