chair warmer

  1. an officeholder, employee, or the like, who accomplishes little, especially a person who holds an interim position.

  2. a person who lounges for long periods sitting in a chair, as in a hotel lobby or clubroom.

Origin of chair warmer

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chair warmer in a sentence

  • But for Cyril, I suppose the Major would have remained a chair warmer indefinitely.

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan