from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Archaic A past tense of help.
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- v. Simple past of help.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. & p. p. of help.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The antiquated preterit and past participle of help.
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Just as genes and organisms undergo natural selection, words—specifically, irregular verbs such as “holp” that do not take an -ed ending in the past tense—are subject to powerful pressure to “regularize” as the language develops.
Is that odd-looking “holp” an archaic word or a spelling mistake?
In turns out that “holp” was the past tense of “help” when Shakespeare wrote these words sometime between 1589 and 1594.
May 11, 2009 at 9:47 am holp holp holp! cow-werkers are talkin poly-ticks!
June 11th, 2006 at 6:16 pm punaise, punaise, halp – help – holp!
And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him
For my brother, I think he holds you well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage; — surely suit ill spent and labour ill bestowed.
You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it: he is a very valiant trencherman; he hath an excellent stomach.
How Sir Launcelot rode on his adventure, and how he holp a dolorous lady from her pain, and how that he fought with a dragon.
Then they swore it should be done, and so passed forth Sir Launcelot, and each one of the brethren holp other as well as they might.
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