Helpful etymology


English word helpful comes from English help, English -ful

Etymology of helpful

Detailed word origin of helpful

Dictionary entry Language Definition
help English (en) (intransitive) To provide assistance.. (transitive) To avoid; to prevent; to refrain from; to restrain (oneself). Usually used in nonassertive contexts with can.. (transitive) To contribute in some way to.. (transitive) To provide assistance to (someone or something). (uncountable) Action given to provide assistance; aid.. (uncountable, euphemistic) Correction of deficits, as by [...]
-ful English (en) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
helpful English (en) Furnishing help; giving aid; useful.

Words with the same origin as helpful

Descendants of -ful

meaningful useful