Meaning

Primary

Supporting Actor

Alternatives

Supporting Role, Minor Role

Word Type

noun, の adjective

Explanation

If you're on armpit duty you're definitely not the lead. You're standing next to the lead's armpit, because you're the supporting actor. You're in a supporting role.

Reading

わきやく
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is 's reading and 's reading, put together.

Context

Context Sentences

彼女、オーディションに受かったって言いふらしてるけど、ただの脇役みたいだよ。

She keeps talking about how she passed the audition, but it looks like she only got a supporting role.

Kanji Composition