or bench warm·er, bench-warm·er


noun Sports.

a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.

Origin of benchwarmer

First recorded in 1890–95; bench + warmer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bench-warmer

Historical Examples of bench-warmer

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

    Prowling about Panama

    George A. Miller

Word Origin and History for bench-warmer

1892, baseball slang; see bench.

The days for "bench-warmers" with salaries are also past. ["New York Sporting News," Jan. 9, 1892]

Old English had bencsittend "one who sits on a bench."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper