from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
- adj. Lacking support or protection: They were left helpless in the storm.
- adj. Impossible to control; involuntary: helpless laughter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Unable to defend oneself or to act without help.
- adj. Uncontrollable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend one's self; needing help; feeble; weak.
- adj. Beyond help; irremediable.
- adj. Bringing no help; unaiding.
- adj. Unsupplied; destitute; -- with of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of acting without assistance; needing help; incapable of self-support or self-defense; feeble; dependent: as, a helpless babe; a helpless, shiftless fellow.
- Incapable of helping; affording no help; unaiding.
- Beyond help; irremediable.
- Unsupplied; destitute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unable to manage independently
- adj. unable to function; without help
- adj. lacking in or deprived of strength or power
From Middle English helples, from Old English *helplēas ("helpless"), equivalent to help + -less. Compare Dutch hulpeloos ("helpless"), German hilflos ("helpless"), Swedish hjälplös ("helpless"). (Wiktionary)