helpmeet

noun
help·​meet | \ ˈhelp-ˌmēt How to pronounce helpmeet (audio) \

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Examples of helpmeet in a Sentence

exasperated, the army surgeon requested a helpmeet who wouldn't faint at the sight of blood chose for his helpmeet a woman who could share his passion for rock climbing
Recent Examples on the Web Conservatives see a classy helpmeet, bringing old-world elegance to the White House. Washington Post, "Is Melania Trump sending coded messages, or are we just talking to ourselves?," 5 Dec. 2019 Despite her own substantial body of work, Stein is remembered mainly as a curator and goad to others’ talents, and Toklas mainly as her muse and helpmeet. Gregory Cowles, New York Times, "From Haiku to Spoken Word, Picture Books That Bring Poetry to Kids," 10 Apr. 2020 Plenty of men had no interest whatsoever in seeing women in any sphere but that of helpmeet. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Decade of Enduring Male Fragility," 27 Dec. 2019 Bitters are the stomach's wingman - its appetizer before a big meal, its comfort and helpmeet in the aftermath. M. Carrie Allan, chicagotribune.com, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 20 Nov. 2019 Bitters are the stomach’s wingman — its appetizer before a big meal, its comfort and helpmeet in the aftermath. Washington Post, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 19 Nov. 2019 The book’s female protagonists create their own counterparts, as projections and helpmeets. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019 Starring a customarily fantastic Laurie Metcalf as Hillary and John Lithgow as her nettlesome helpmeet, Bill, Hnath’s play takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room on the eve of that state’s 2008 Democratic primary. Adam Green, Vogue, "Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway," 13 May 2019 Oh, and also a floating robot designed as a helpmeet for astronauts—scientifically, logistically, and emotionally. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The Floating Robot With an IBM Brain Is Headed to Space," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of helpmeet

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helpmeet

help entry 2 + meet, adjective

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“Helpmeet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helpmeet. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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