help·​mate ˈhelp-ˌmāt How to pronounce helpmate (audio)
 Southern often  ˈhep-,
 also  ˈheəp-
: one who is a companion and helper
especially : wife

Example Sentences

after several years as a photographer's helpmate, the young man decided to pursue his own ambitions in commercial photography the man and his helpmate of 50 years decided that it was high time they took a trip around the world together
Recent Examples on the Web On the face of it, your partner doesn’t seem to have placed a high priority on being your stalwart helpmate. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2023 If that’s true, Biden will need an LBJ-style willingness to bully and cajole his party’s caucus along with an FDR-sized resolve to go against the vast power and resources of the industry that has allies on his team and sees him as a pliable helpmate. Libby Watson, The New Republic, 21 Aug. 2020 And Guenevere is now a strategic helpmate, periodically outthinking her husband. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History


by folk etymology from helpmeet

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of helpmate was in 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Helpmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


help·​mate ˈhelp-ˌmāt How to pronounce helpmate (audio)
: one that is a companion and helper
especially : wife sense 2

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