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[sof-uh-mawr, -mohr; sof-mawr, -mohr] /ˈsɒf əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr; ˈsɒf mɔr, -moʊr/
a student in the second year of high school or college.
a person or group in the second year of any endeavor:
He's a sophomore on Wall Street.
of or relating to a sophomore.
of or being a second effort or second version:
Their sophomore album was even better than their first.
Origin of sophomore
1645-55; earlier sophumer, probably equivalent to sophum sophism + -er1
Related forms
presophomore, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sophomore
  • Glee's sophomore season started off strong with a snappy, fast-paced episode focused on reestablishing the status quo.
  • As a result students were having trouble making the transition from sophomore to junior year, and some were leaving school.
  • The behavioral experiments at the base of this work wouldn't, in principle, surprise a tyro in sophomore biology.
  • Even if you never remember the topic for your sophomore history paper, you will get better from the experience of writing it.
British Dictionary definitions for sophomore


(mainly US & Canadian) a second-year student at a secondary (high) school or college
(of a book, recording, etc by an artist) second: her sophomore album
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from earlier sophumer, from sophum, variant of sophism + -er1
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Word Origin and History for sophomore

1680s, "student in the second year of university study," literally "arguer," altered from sophumer (1650s, from sophume, archaic variant form of sophism), probably by influence of folk etymology derivation from Greek sophos "wise" + moros "foolish, dull." The original reference might be to the dialectic exercises that formed a large part of education in the middle years. At Oxford and Cambridge, a sophister (from sophist with spurious -er as in philosopher) was a second- or third-year student (what Americans would call a "junior" might be a senior sophister).

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