an actor having a very small speaking part in a play, motion picture, etc.
Origin of bit player
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for bit player
For all its anguishing, the Court is actually a bit-player here.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?|Aziz Huq|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bit-player in the robot suit was clearly as mad as a hatter.The Ego Machine|Henry Kuttner