From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search


Etymology 1[edit]

по- (po-) +‎ мочь (močʹ), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *megʰ-, whence English might.


  • IPA(key): [pɐˈmot͡ɕ]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ot͡ɕ


помо́чь (pomóčʹpf (imperfective помога́ть)

  1. to help [+dative = whom]
    Я хочу́ тебе́ помо́чь.Ja xočú tebé pomóčʹ.I want to help you.
  2. (colloquial) to aid, to assist materially [+dative = whom], [+instrumental = with/using what]
    Я дру́гу помогу́ де́ньгами.Ja drúgu pomogú dénʹgami.I'm going to help a friend with money.
  3. (impersonal) to avail, to work (to have the desired effect)
    Лека́рство помогло́.Lekárstvo pomogló.The medicine helped.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Inherited from Proto-Slavic *pomoťь. Doublet of по́мощь (pómoščʹ), a borrowing from Old Church Slavonic.



по́мочь (pómočʹf inan (genitive по́мочи, nominative plural по́мочи, genitive plural по́мочей)

  1. (usually in the plural) belt, tape, or restraint to hold, support, or suspend something or someone (also figurative)
  2. (usually in the plural) suspenders (US), braces (Britain)
  3. (historical, usually in the plural) leading-string
  4. (obsolete or regional) a gathering of friends and neighbors to help in some project (such as a quilting bee, a barn-raising bee)
  5. (obsolete or regional) synonymous with по́мощь (pómoščʹ): help, assistance, aid, support
Related terms[edit]