benchwarmer

noun
bench·​warm·​er | \ ˈbench-ˌwȯr-mər How to pronounce benchwarmer (audio) \

Definition of benchwarmer

: a reserve player on an athletic team

Examples of benchwarmer in a Sentence

I played a little, but mostly I was a benchwarmer.
Recent Examples on the Web Brooks was a freshman benchwarmer when the Wildcats steamrolled his Wolverines to win the 2018 national championship in this building, and that might as well have been a lifetime ago. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2022 The league’s action places the spotlight on vaccine holdouts among the players, and could create a quandary for coaches: A second-rank player or benchwarmer who refuses the shot can be cut for chump change, but starters may be a different story. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Preston started a single basketball game in high school after mostly being a benchwarmer. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2021 If a single player tests positive, that player — whether an All-Star or a benchwarmer — would be isolated and quarantined. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, 26 June 2020 When the game finally ends with a running clock and every Bobcats benchwarmer on the field, the final score is 57-0. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2019 With two fourth-quarter hits and a magical fling from another miracle benchwarmer, USC stunned the previously unbeaten Utes on Friday with a 30-23 victory that placed this impossibly confusing Trojans season into a rather improbable place. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 The Premier League is chockablock of some of the finest talents in world football...but there are also a whole host of benchwarmers, has-beens, never-weres and outcasts who have long been forgotten amid all the excitement. SI.com, 8 Sep. 2019 Rating: 5/10 Next up are the trials and tribulations of serial benchwarmer Oumar Niasse. SI.com, 15 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of benchwarmer

1892, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

31 Mar 2022

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“Benchwarmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benchwarmer. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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