second banana

noun Informal.

a comic who supports the leading comedian, often as a straight man, especially in burlesque or vaudeville.
any person who plays a secondary role or serves in a subsidiary capacity.

Nearby words

  1. second adventists,
  2. second amendment,
  3. second axiom of countability,
  4. second balkan war,
  5. second ballot,
  6. second base,
  7. second baseman,
  8. second best,
  9. second birth,
  10. second blessing

Compare top banana.

Origin of second banana

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Idioms and Phrases with second banana

second banana

see under top banana.

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