helpmate
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from helpmeet Date: 1696 one who is a companion and helper; especially wife

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  • Helpmate — Help mate , n. [A corruption of the help meet for him of Genesis ii. 18. Fitzedward Hall.] A helper; a companion; specifically, a wife. [1913 Webster] In Minorca the ass and the hog are common helpmates, and are yoked together in order to turn up …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • helpmate — index accessory, accomplice, assistant, confederate, consociate, consort, conspirer, contributor (contribut …   Law dictionary

  • helpmate — companion, 1715, altered from HELPMEET (Cf. helpmeet), a ghost word, 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 already by 1673 was being printed as help… …   Etymology dictionary

  • helpmate — (also helpmeet) ► NOUN ▪ a helpful companion or partner. ORIGIN from an erroneous reading of a passage in the Book of Genesis (chapter 2), where Adam s future wife is described as ‘an help meet for him’ (i.e. a suitable helper for him) …   English terms dictionary

  • helpmate — [help′māt΄] n. [altered < HELPMEET] a helpful companion; specif., a wife or, sometimes, a husband …   English World dictionary

  • Helpmate — Chess diagram|= tright Z. Maslar Die Schwalbe , 1981 = 8 | | | | | | | | |= 7 | | | | | | | | |= 6 |nl| | | | | | | |= 5 | | | | | | | | |= 4 | | | | | | | | |= 3 | | | | | | |qd| |= 2 | | | |kl| | |kd| |= 1 | | | |bd| | | | |= a b c d e f g h… …   Wikipedia

  • helpmate — UK [ˈhelpˌmeɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms helpmate : singular helpmate plural helpmates mainly literary someone who helps and supports another person, especially a husband or wife …   English dictionary

  • helpmate — /help mayt /, n. 1. a companion and helper. 2. a wife or husband. 3. anything that aids or assists, esp. regularly: This calculator is my constant helpmate. [1705 15; HELP + MATE1, by assoc. with HELPMEET] * * * …   Universalium

  • helpmate — See helpmate, helpmeet …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • helpmate — help|mate [ˈhelpmeıt] n also help|meet [ mi:t] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: helpmate from helpmeet (17 20 centuries), from help + meet suitable ; influenced by mate] literary a helpful partner, usually a wife …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • helpmate — [[t]he̱lpmeɪt[/t]] helpmates N COUNT If you say that one person is another person s helpmate, you mean that they help the other person in their life or work, especially by doing boring but necessary jobs for them such as cooking and cleaning.… …   English dictionary

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