1. Destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend one's self; needing help; feeble; weak; as, a helpless infant.
How shall I then your helpless fame defend? --Pope.
2. Beyond help; irremediable.
Some helpless disagreement or dislike, either of mind or body. --Milton.
3. Bringing no help; unaiding. [Obs.]
Yet since the gods have been
Helpless foreseers of my plagues. --Chapman.
4. Unsupplied; destitute; -- with of. [R.]
Helpless of all that human wants require. --Dryden.
-- Help*less*ly, adv. -- Help*less*ness, n.
n 1: powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of
their weakness the group remains highly active" [syn: weakness,
2: the state of needing help from something
3: a feeling of being unable to manage