Definition of helping in US English:

helping

noun

  • A portion of food served to one person.

    ‘there will be enough for six to eight helpings’
    ‘she asked for a second helping of spinach’
    • ‘Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces and cookies made with butter, they say.’
    • ‘I caught him trying to steal some of my food from the extra helpings on the plate.’
    • ‘The remains of my second helping of kielbasa and potato salad sat before me.’
    • ‘Mum always makes sure I get second helpings of food every time we have a meal.’
    • ‘At meal times surly British canteen staff allegedly refused to give the Indian marksmen second helpings of food.’
    • ‘Their favourite dish is cod and chips, served with a generous helping of salt and vinegar.’
    • ‘The pâté, pleasingly thick with a hint of orange, was cheerfully presented and came with a healthy helping of salad and grapes.’
    • ‘Be sure to politely say no thank you the next time someone offers to serve you large helping of meat pie at the dinner table.’
    • ‘A quick shower and a good helping of junk food later, we were settling in to watch the final episode of the TV programme.’
    • ‘Mania is about desperately seeking to live life at a more passionate level: taking second and sometimes third helpings on food, alcohol, drugs, sex and money.’
    • ‘Do we eat to live, or live, in part, to dig into that second helping of banana cream pie?’
    • ‘Cafe Bistro serves up a healthy helping of a special summer salad.’
    • ‘This is served with a helping of mashed potatoes, infused with onion for that unique cuisine taste.’
    • ‘He sat there, gloating as he ate his second helping of dessert.’
    • ‘It was an area where she could be creative, so she invented and experimented and, judging by Sam's compliments and the second helpings that he served himself with, she was rather good at it.’
    • ‘Their idea of compassion is to ask the guest at the millionaire's banquet if they want an extra helping or a second dessert.’
    • ‘The glass lifts rush up to the summit of this slim building at such a rate I regretted having a second helping of waffles with the obligatory maple syrup at breakfast.’
    • ‘He was up to seven pancakes and six helpings of sausage when I stopped counting.’
    • ‘It's easy to say no publicly to second helpings and chocolate cake when you have eaten sweets before the meal.’
    • ‘They refuse her every wish - to wear plain, plaid dresses instead of fussy white muslin, to go barefoot outdoors, and to have second helpings of food.’
    portion, serving, piece, slice, share, spoonful, plate, plateful, bowlful, ration, allocation
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Pronunciation

helping

/ˈhelpiNG//ˈhɛlpɪŋ/