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[hel-per] /ˈhɛl pər/
a person or thing that helps or gives assistance, support, etc.
an extra locomotive attached to a train at the front, middle, or rear, especially to provide extra power for climbing a steep grade.
Compare doubleheader, pusher (def 5).
Origin of helper
1250-1300; Middle English; see help, -er1
1. aid, assistant; supporter, backer, auxiliary, ally. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With a helper, place pots under appropriate section of the bench top, as you carefully lower top onto pots.
  • Researchers have long argued about whether this kind of selfless behavior, known as altruism, directly benefits the helper.
  • She had the full-time duties of expedition cook and all-purpose helper.
  • When the helper-pup ratio decreased, the meerkat pups added weight more slowly, grew into smaller adults and survived less often.
  • But nobody wants an unpleasant robot in his or her life-any more than one wants to be saddled with a disgruntled human helper.
  • Without a helper it would be impossible to use in a wheelchair.
  • He was enjoying a mini-scoring streak heading into the break with four goals and one helper in four contests.
  • It occurred to him that perhaps the nuclear plant's maintenance staff could replace their plumber's helper with chopsticks.
Word Origin and History for helper

mid-14c., agent noun from help (v.). Helpestre "a female helper" is recorded from c.1400. The Old English agent noun was helpend.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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