American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A helper and companion, especially a spouse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An assistant; a helper; a coadjutor; a partner.
- n. A person who supplies help or companionship.
- n. A wife or spouse.
- n. chess A recreational problem in chess in which both sides cooperate to achieve a specific goal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A helper; a companion; specifically, a wife.
- n. a helpful partner
- A folk-etymological alteration of helpmeet, by reanalysis as help + mate. (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of helpmeet (influenced by mate1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed, watching Matt Bomer step up to stardom as Neal Caffrey, imprisoned-con-artist-turned-FBI-helpmate, is to be reminded of the symbiotic relationship that exists between TV stars and the shows that make them so.”
“Between the great world and solitude, he needs the intermediate filling-up which the life domestic alone supplies: a wife to realize the sweet word helpmate; children, with whose future he could knit his own toils and his ancestral remembrances.”
“Between the great world and solitude, he needs the intermediate filling - up which the life domestic alone supplies: a wife to realize the sweet word helpmate; children, with whose future he could knit his own toils and his ancestral remembrances.”
“At that hour it was so rare an event in the life of Mr. Mivers to be found in the drawing-room, and that he should have an acquaintance unknown to his helpmate was a circumstance so much rarer still, that Mr.. Mivers may well be forgiven for keeping St. John standing at the door till she had recovered her amaze.”
“And I'm ower failed to tak a helpmate, though Wylie Mactrickit the writer was very pressing, and spak very civilly; but I 'm ower auld a cat to draw that strae before me.”
“I knew this wasn't the case -- but if women believed that marriage meant the gift of a spouse who made a home for them, a "helpmate" who nurtured them, who made a social life possible, a mother who took care of their children, and a nurseful listener who was charming in uncharming situations -- if that was the case, then women propose on bended knee faster than you can say "diary-of-a-mad-housewife.”
“Buzz about your managerial style, your thirst for power, your "helpmate" President Clinton, who has already been quoted as saying he feels he owes it to you to do everything he can to win you this election.”
“Burke also said Winburn's statements on women in the same book - that a woman "must be taught what her boundaries are and how to be a 'helpmate' to her husband" - were "extremist.”
“* The existence of the two words helpmeet and helpmate, meaning exactly the same thing, is a comedy of errors.”
“Adam to name the animals was the hope that he would find a 'helpmate' among them.”
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