helplessly


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help·less

 (hĕlp′lĭs)
adj.
1. Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
2. Lacking support or protection: They were left helpless in the storm.
3. Impossible to control; involuntary: helpless laughter.

help′less·ly adv.
help′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.helplessly - in a helpless mannerhelplessly - in a helpless manner; "the crowd watched him helplessly"

helplessly

adverb
Without regard to desire or inclination:
Translations
بِصورَة عاجِزَه
bezmocně
hjælpeløst
gyámoltalanul
hjálparvana; í úrræîaleysi
bezmocne
nebogljeno

helplessly

[ˈhelplɪslɪ] ADV
1. (= powerlessly) [watch, stand by] → sin poder hacer nada; [struggle] → en vano; [shrug] → en un gesto de impotencia
"I can't," he said helplessly-no puedo -dijo con una expresión de impotencia
2. (= uncontrollably) [laugh, sob, sneeze] → sin poder contenerse

helplessly

[ˈhɛlpləsli] adv [watch] → sans pouvoir rien faire

helplessly

adv look, stand, shrug, sob, drift, liehilflos; (lit, fig: = impotently) watchmachtlos; helplessly confusedvöllig verwirrt; helplessly drunksinnlos betrunken

helplessly

[ˈhɛlplɪslɪ] adv (struggle, try) → in vano; (lie, remain) → senza potersi muovere; (say) → con fare impotente
he watched helplessly as his parents were shot → guardava impotente mentre i genitori venivano fucilati
to laugh helplessly → ridere senza potersi fermare

help

(help) verb
1. to do something with or for someone that he cannot do alone, or that he will find useful. Will you help me with this translation?; Will you please help me (to) translate this poem?; Can I help?; He fell down and I helped him up.
2. to play a part in something; to improve or advance. Bright posters will help to attract the public to the exhibition; Good exam results will help his chances of a job.
3. to make less bad. An aspirin will help your headache.
4. to serve (a person) in a shop. Can I help you, sir?
5. (with can(not), ~could (not)) to be able not to do something or to prevent something. He looked so funny that I couldn't help laughing; Can I help it if it rains?
noun
1. the act of helping, or the result of this. Can you give me some help?; Your digging the garden was a big help; Can I be of help to you?
2. someone or something that is useful. You're a great help to me.
3. a servant, farmworker etc. She has hired a new help.
4. (usually with no) a way of preventing something. Even if you don't want to do it, the decision has been made – there's no help for it now.
ˈhelper noun
We need several helpers for this job.
ˈhelpful adjective
a very helpful boy; You may find this book helpful.
ˈhelpfully adverb
ˈhelpfulness noun
ˈhelping noun
the amount of food one has on one's plate. a large helping of pudding.
ˈhelpless adjective
needing the help of other people; unable to do anything for oneself. A baby is almost completely helpless.
ˈhelplessly adverb
ˈhelplessness noun
help oneself
1. (with to) to give oneself or take (food etc). Help yourself to another piece of cake; `Can I have a pencil?' `Certainly – help yourself; He helped himself to (= stole) my jewellery.
2. (with cannot, ~could not) to be able to stop (oneself). I burst out laughing when he told me – I just couldn't help myself.
help out
to help (a person), usually for a short time because the person is in some difficulty. I help out in the shop from time to time; Could you help me out by looking after the baby?
References in classic literature ?
But now this head was swaying helplessly with the uneven movements of the bearers, and the cold listless gaze fixed itself upon nothing.
It tilted forward and downward with a heart- stilling "Ssssooo"; the ladder disappeared; a line of brass-rimmed port-holes flashed past; a jet of Steam puffed in Harvey's helplessly uplifted hands; a spout of hot water roared along the rail of the "We're Here", and the little schooner staggered and shook in a rush of screw-torn water, as a liner's stern vanished in the fog.
They are rather helplessly frank, but not, I hope, with all their rather helpless frankness, offensively frank.
Filled with pity at the sight of the poor little fellow being knocked helplessly about by the wind, she clapped her hands sharply together three times.
The cabman looked helplessly about him with a bewildered, questioning gaze, as one to whom alone of all men this unheard-of and extraordinary thing had happened.
As it was, miserably and helplessly, not half himself, a puppet dreamer in a half-nightmare, he knew, as a restless sleeper awakening between vexing dreams, that he was being transported head-downward out of the canoe house that stank of death, through the village that was only less noisome, and up a path under lofty, wide-spreading trees that were beginning languidly to stir with the first breathings of the morning wind.
said Anna, sobbing and sinking helplessly into a chair.
He sprang to his feet and saw to starboard, and not a hundred yards from their heeling, pitching boat, a vast iron bulk like the blade of a plough tearing through the water, tossing it on either side in huge waves of foam that leaped towards the steamer, flinging her paddles helplessly in the air, and then sucking her deck down almost to the waterline.
When Rosamond's convulsed throat was subsiding into calm, and she withdrew the handkerchief with which she had been hiding her face, her eyes met Dorothea's as helplessly as if they had been blue flowers.
He rebelled helplessly against the attitude she had taken.
After darkly looking at his leg and me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his.
Turning at a distance he saw the tattered man wandering about helplessly in the field.