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 If a single player tests positive, that player — whether an All-Star or a benchwarmer — would be isolated and quarantined. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Amid COVID outbreak in Florida, Spurs have games to play," 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, "Column: Football games in Paradise are anything but for Bobcats’ opponents," 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, "Column: On improbable night, USC lives up to its motto and silences critics," 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., "11 Players You Probably Didn't Realise Are Still Playing in the Premier League in 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Rating: 5/10 Next up are the trials and tribulations of serial benchwarmer Oumar Niasse., "Everton Loan Players: How They Got on Away From Goodison Park During the 2018/19 Season," 15 June 2019 This may be germane to the vast majority of participants in intercollegiate sports, especially participants in small-money athletics and benchwarmers in the big-money sports. Michael Hiltzik,, "NCAA threatens California over pay for college athletes — and loses the battle," 28 June 2019 From Hector Moreno at the back to Javier Hernandez up front, many of the key players in Mexico’s unlikely defeat of Germany spent last season as backups, benchwarmers and bit-part players for their club teams. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Run Is Built on Benchwarmers," 22 June 2018 Sunday afternoon, Parker will return to the Q, the site of his greatest NBA accomplishment, a benchwarmer in the throes of a late-career transition few former superstars have the perspective to make. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ Parker still has plenty in reserve," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of benchwarmer

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Benchwarmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of benchwarmer

US, sports : a player who is not among the best players on a team and does not often play : a reserve player who is usually on the bench

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