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A helpmate.

[From misunderstanding of the phrase an help meet for him, a helper suitable for him (Adam), in Genesis 2:18, referring to Eve.]


a less common word for helpmate
[C17: from the phrase an helpe meet (suitable) for him Genesis 2:18]



1. a companion and helper.
2. a wife or husband.
[1705–15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.helpmeet - a helpful partner
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
References in classic literature ?
The prayer-meeting at Uncle Tom's had, in the order of hymn-singing, been protracted to a very late hour; and, as Uncle Tom had indulged himself in a few lengthy solos afterwards, the consequence was, that, although it was now between twelve and one o'clock, he and his worthy helpmeet were not yet asleep.
Each must hie to her own home; wend you we might do all these journeys in one so brief life as He hath appointed that created life, and thereto death likewise with help of Adam, who by sin done through persuasion of his helpmeet, she being wrought upon and bewrayed by the beguilements of the great enemy of man, that serpent hight Satan, aforetime consecrated and set apart unto that evil work by over- mastering spite and envy begotten in his heart through fell ambitions that did blight and mildew a nature erst so white and pure whenso it hove with the shining multitudes its brethren-born in glade and shade of that fair heaven wherein all such as native be to that rich estate and --"
Jane, come with me to India: come as my helpmeet and fellow- labourer.
I want a wife: the sole helpmeet I can influence efficiently in life, and retain absolutely till death.
What recollections, therefore, of the kind helpmeet of former days may not have moved the breast of the poor broken old man to this boundless affection for the boy?
Woman is the intellectual helpmeet of man in public as in private life.
This gift will be a pledge of your purity of heart to her whom you select to be your worthy helpmeet in Masonry.
Shaw, asleep up stairs, saw with sudden clearness what a wife should be to her husband, a helpmeet, not a burden.
Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
590-612) For from her is the race of women and female kind: of her is the deadly race and tribe of women who live amongst mortal men to their great trouble, no helpmeets in hateful poverty, but only in wealth.
The consequence of this tacit [US] collaboration with the Quds Force and its assets is obvious: the United States will be portrayed by ISIS propagandists as a helpmeet in the indiscriminate murder and dispossession of Sunnis.
Your helpmeet must have called you, only to hear your device on the sideboard belting out what William Shakespeare could have recorded in 'As You Like It' - "In the spring time/The onely pretty ring tone/When phones do sing, hey ding a ding, ding".