help-mate

helpmate

[help-meyt]
noun
1.
a companion and helper.
2.
a spouse.
3.
anything that aids or assists, especially regularly: This calculator is my constant helpmate.

Origin:
1705–15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet

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helpmate (ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt)
 
n
a companion and helper, esp a wife

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helpmate
"companion," 1715, a ghost word, altered from helpmeet, from the Biblical translation of L. adjutorium simile sibi [Gen. ii.18] as "an help meet (i.e. fit) for him" (Heb. 'ezer keneghdo), which was already by 1673 being printed as help-meet and mistaken for one word.
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