benchwarmer

or bench warm·er, bench-warm·er

[ bench-wawr-mer ]
/ ˈbɛntʃˌwɔr mər /

noun Sports.

a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.

Origin of benchwarmer

First recorded in 1890–95; bench + warmer
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Examples from the Web for bench-warmer

  • He may not even be called a bench-warmer—the bench is already warm.

    Prowling about Panama|George A. Miller