Slang a person who engages in athletics or military reserve service just on weekends
One who enthusiastically engages in an activity or hobby on the weekends outside of regular employment: “Despite the dangers, wreck divers are typically weekend warriors who leave families and jobs behind to test themselves at two hundred feet down” (New Yorker).
(plural weekend warriors)
- A part-time soldier, or reservist
- Such was the pace with which I, and many like me, the so called "˜weekend warriors' or Territorial Army, were hoisted aboard the Gulf War battle wagon.
- (idiomatic) A person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis, usually on weekends when work commitments are not present.
- The most common foot-related injury I see for the weekend warrior is heel pain.
1956: First known usage
- Title: Military Public Works Construction. Author(s) United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Subcommittee on Real Estate and Military Construction Publisher U. S. Govt. Print. Page 290: "At Anascostia, the training that is done to naval aviators who are in the Reserve Services, weekend warrior(s) as it were, and they come to Anasconstia to get their refresher training."