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[wawk-on, -awn] /ˈwɔkˌɒn, -ˌɔn/
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
1900-05; noun use of verb phrase walk on Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Supe, walk-on, stock, musical comedy—Josie went through them all.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for walk-on


  1. a small part in a play or theatrical entertainment, esp one without any lines
  2. (as modifier): a walk-on part
(of an aircraft or air service) having seats to be booked immediately before departure rather than in advance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for walk-on

walking wounded

noun phrase

Persons who are injured, esp in a psychological or spiritual way, but still functional; depressed people: by the end of the year the salesmen are ''walking wounded'', just plain going bonkers

[1960s+; fr a WWI military medical term for a wounded person who is ambulatory]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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