helpmate


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helpmate

companion and helper; husband or wife; anything that assists
Not to be confused with:
helpmeet – a helpmate; spouse [Helpmeet was derived from a misreading in the King James Bible where God promises Adam “to make a help meet for him,” meaning a help suitable for him. As Eve became the “help,” “help meet” was interpreted as “spouse.”]
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help·mate

 (hĕlp′māt′)
n.
A helper and companion, especially a spouse.

[help + mate (influenced by helpmeet).]
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helpmate

(ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt)
n
a companion and helper, esp a wife
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help•mate

(ˈhɛlpˌmeɪt)

n.
1. a companion and helper.
2. a wife or husband.
[1705–15; help + mate1, by association with helpmeet]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.helpmate - a helpful partner
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
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Translations

helpmate

[ˈhelpmeɪt] N (= companion) → buen(a) compañero/a m/f; (= spouse) → esposo/a m/f
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helpmate

[ˈhɛlpmeɪt] ncompagnon (compagne)m/fhelp menu nmenu m d'aide
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References in classic literature ?
Not a young, giddy-pated girl, that will think of nothing but flaunting and finery, but a sober, discreet, hard-working squaw; one that will share my lot without flinching, however hard it may be; that can take care of my lodge, and be a companion and a helpmate to me in the wilderness." Kowsoter promised to look round among the females of his tribe, and procure such a one as he desired.
He was a pleasant, earnest speaker, and he interwove his discourse with stories of life in a foreign land,--of the manners, the customs, the speech, the point of view; even giving glimpses of the daily round, the common task, of his own household, the work of his devoted helpmate and their little group of children, all born under Syrian skies.
He said that fate or Providence had thrown in his way a woman who possessed every qualification to be the helpmate of an agriculturist, and was decidedly of a serious turn of mind.
I have lost my dear helpmate for ever, and our household has lost its beloved head, for truly you were the guide of us all!
Jennings, however, with a kindness of heart which made Elinor really love her, declared her resolution of not stirring from Cleveland as long as Marianne remained ill, and of endeavouring, by her own attentive care, to supply to her the place of the mother she had taken her from; and Elinor found her on every occasion a most willing and active helpmate, desirous to share in all her fatigues, and often by her better experience in nursing, of material use.
She was alive to anything that gave her an opportunity for active sympathy, and at this moment it seemed as if the visit had come to shake her out of her self-absorbed discontent--to remind her of her husband's goodness, and make her feel that she had now the right to be his helpmate in all kind deeds.
Mr Squeers treated himself to a stiff tumbler of brandy and water, made on the liberal half-and-half principle, allowing for the dissolution of the sugar; and his amiable helpmate mixed Nicholas the ghost of a small glassful of the same compound.
Now, the fact was, that the unfortunate locksmith, blessing his stars to find his helpmate in such good humour, had been sitting with a beaming face, hearing this discourse with a joy past all expression.
Bumble relaxed his pace, and turned his head as if to make sure that his helpmate was following; then, discovering that she was close at his heels, he mended his rate of walking, and proceeded, at a considerable increase of speed, towards their place of destination.
I felt that, as to fortune, in all probability he might do much better; and that as to a rational companion or useful helpmate, he could not do worse.
She remained nearly always in her second-floor chamber, shivering in her chair, or stretched languid and feeble on her bed, while her husband kept his daily watch at the door -- a duty he performed with so much the greater willingness, as it saved him the necessity of listening to the endless plaints and murmurs of his helpmate, who never saw him without breaking out into bitter invectives against fate; to all of which her husband would calmly return an unvarying reply, in these philosophic words: --
It was better, if he could, to have his helpmate inside the house.