- 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
Related Words for walk-onpiece, star, actor, performer, appearance, act, character, part, aspect, portrayal, performance, walk-on, artist, clown, player, villain, comedian, entertainer, dialogue, hero
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Contemporary Examples of walk-on
From a walk-on for ‘Annie’ to an island for Linda McMahon, a few better uses for all of that money.What They Could Have Bought: Better Uses for Campaign Spending
November 11, 2012
Rebecca Dana landed a walk-on part as a lipstick lesbian in the Sex and the City 2.Our Hottest Stories of 2009
The Daily Beast
December 30, 2009
Historical Examples of walk-on
Supe, walk-on, stock, musical comedy—Josie went through them all.Cheerful--By Request
- 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
"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.