Definition of helpless
- as helpless as a flock of shepherdless sheep
- —W. H. Mallock
- the crowd looked on in helpless horror
- —Current Biography
- helpless laughter
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.
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in the lurch;
: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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