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.

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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 The forecast is even worse for benchwarmers hoping to make the leap. Dan Hanner & Luke Winn,, "The art and science of predicting a college basketball season," 12 Oct. 2016 From Week 1 of last season to Week 1 of this season, Snell has transformed from benchwarmer to bulldozer. Joe Mussatto, ajc, "Kentucky football: Benny Snell ‘mad at everything’ after not playing against Southern Miss last year," 31 Aug. 2017 The small-market Royals can ill-afford to have $18 million wrapped up in a benchwarmer, this year or the next two seasons. USA TODAY, "Royals put Alex Gordon on bench amid season-long slump," 9 Aug. 2017 Instead, a kid talented enough to earn a scholarship to Colorado, decided to put that immense talent on hold, someone used to playing starter’s minutes willingly choosing a benchwarmer’s fate. Jeff Miller, Orange County Register, "Miller: Battey stays true to Villa Park basketball," 4 Mar. 2017 Before Nolan’s film, Bane was mostly a benchwarmer in Batman’s rogues gallery, although the supervillain infamously broke the Bat in the comic miniseries Knightfall. Scott Thill, WIRED, "The Dark Knight Rises’," 6 July 2012

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First Known Use of benchwarmer

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of benchwarmer was in 1892

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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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