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helpmate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Helpmate  \Help"mate`\,  n.  [A  corruption  of  the  ``help  meet  for 
  him''  of  --Genesis  ii  18.--Fitzedward  Hall.] 
  A  helper;  a  companion;  specifically,  a  wife. 
 
  In  Minorca  the  ass  and  the  hog  are  common  helpmates, 
  and  are  yoked  together  in  order  to  turn  up  the  land. 
  --Pennant. 
 
  A  waiting  woman  was  generally  considered  as  the  most 
  suitable  helpmate  for  a  parson.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  helpmate 
  n  :  a  helpful  partner  [syn:  {helpmeet}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HELPMATE,  n.  A  wife,  or  bitter  half. 
 
  "Now,  why  is  yer  wife  called  a  helpmate,  Pat?" 
  Says  the  priest.  "Since  the  time  'o  yer  wooin' 
  She's  niver  [sic]  assisted  in  what  ye  were  at  -- 
  For  it's  naught  ye  are  ever  doin'." 
 
  "That's  true  of  yer  Riverence  [sic],"  Patrick  replies, 
  And  no  sign  of  contrition  envices; 
  "But,  bedad,  it's  a  fact  which  the  word  implies, 
  For  she  helps  to  mate  the  expinses  [sic]!" 
  Marley  Wottel 
 
 




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