Definition of helpless
1 : lacking protection or support : defenseless
2 a : marked by an inability to act or react <the crowd looked on in helpless horror — Current Biography> 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.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of helpless
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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