Etymology
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helper (n.)

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

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Definitions of helper

helper (n.)
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;
Synonyms: assistant / help / supporter
helper (n.)
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help);
Synonyms: benefactor
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