9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[help-fuh l] /ˈhɛlp fəl/
giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service:
Your comments were very helpful.
Origin of helpful
1300-50; Middle English; see help, -ful
Related forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
overhelpful, adjective
overhelpfully, adverb
overhelpfulness, noun
quasi-helpful, adjective
quasi-helpfully, adverb
unhelpful, adjective
unhelpfully, adverb
useful, convenient; beneficial, advantageous.
useless, inconvenient. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for helpful
  • What was once regarded as beneficial has proved to be less helpful than advertised or even potentially harmful to your health.
  • Various all-digital campuses could collaborate to develop specifications for such helpful software as well as open-source tools.
  • Being able to create genetic variants of prairie voles to order would therefore be helpful to research.
  • Mustard also contains vinegar, which some people find helpful against heartburn.
  • Ladybugs are helpful to the environment and control pests in the landscape.
  • Plus, there are plenty of helpful tips that you can add to your repertoire and that will help you become a better builder.
  • So listing these working papers can be helpful in yearly evaluations.
  • At first sight, this skink-savaging may not seem all that helpful to the honey-bush.
  • In the meerkat version, this helpful behavior is set in the context of a strong social hierarchy.
  • But in daily life, researchers studying older people have found, cortisol might be helpful in getting the forlorn out of bed.
British Dictionary definitions for helpful


serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for helpful

late 14c., from help (n.) + -ful. Related: Helpfully; helpfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for helpful

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for helpful

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with helpful

Nearby words for helpful