- Also called walking part. a small part in a play or other entertainment, especially one without speaking lines.Compare bit2(def 6).
- an entertainer or actor who plays such a part.
- an athlete trying out for a team who has not been drafted, specifically invited, scouted, awarded a scholarship, etc.
Origin of walk-on
First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase walk on
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Examples from the Web for walk-on
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- a small part in a play or theatrical entertainment, esp one without any lines
- (as modifier)a walk-on part
- (of an aircraft or air service) having seats to be booked immediately before departure rather than in advance
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Word Origin and History for walk-on
"minor non-speaking role," 1902, theatrical slang. Meaning "actor who has such a part" is attested from 1946. The sports team sense is recorded from 1974.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper