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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.
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Origin of second banana

First recorded in 1950–55
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second banana

see under top banana.

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