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UK [ˈhelpɪŋ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "helping":
singular helping plural helpings
an amount of food that is served to one person at a meal

enough for six helpings

He asked for a second helping.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • helping — helping; un·helping; …   English syllables

  • helping — index beneficial, clerical, contributory, ministerial, part (portion), propitious, ration, subsidiary …   Law dictionary

  • helping — (n.) aid, assistance, late 13c., from prp. of HELP (Cf. help) (v.). Meaning “serving food” is from 1824; that of “a portion of food” is from 1883 …   Etymology dictionary

  • helping — [n] portion of food allowance, course, dollop, meal, order, piece, plateful, ration, serving, share; concept 457 …   New thesaurus

  • helping — ► NOUN ▪ a portion of food served to one person at one time …   English terms dictionary

  • helping — [hel′piŋ] n. 1. a giving of aid; assisting 2. a portion of food served to one person …   English World dictionary

  • helping — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, generous, heaping (AmE), huge, large ▪ a generous helping of potatoes ▪ small ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • helping — [[t]he̱lpɪŋ[/t]] helpings 1) N COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of n, adj N A helping of food is the amount of it that you get in a single serving. She gave them extra helpings of ice cream. 2) N COUNT: N of n, usu adj N of n You can refer to an… …   English dictionary

  • helping — /ˈhɛlpɪŋ / (say helping) noun 1. the act of someone or something that helps. 2. a portion served to a person at one time. –adjective 3. giving assistance, support, etc.: a helping brother; a helping hand. –helpingly, adverb …  

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