side·​lin·​er ˈsīd-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce sideliner (audio)
: one that remains on the sidelines during an activity : one that does not participate

Examples of sideliner in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sideliner was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Sideliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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