sophomore[säf′môr′, säf′ə môr′]
- The definition of a sophomore is someone who is in his or her second year of high school or college.
A tenth-grade student is an example of a sophomore.
- a student in the second year of college or the tenth grade in high school
- ☆ a person in his or her second year in some enterprise
Origin of sophomorealtered (; from Classical Greek sophos, wise + mōros, foolish) ; from older sophumer ; from sophum, sophism, probably ; from Middle English sophime, sophism
- a. A second-year student in a US college.b. A tenth-grade student in a US high school.
- A person in the second year of carrying out an endeavor.
- A three-year-old racehorse, usually in its second year of racing.
- Of or relating to the second year of an endeavor, especially of attending a school or college.
- Being the second in a series: a singer's sophomore album.
Origin of sophomoreAlteration (probably influenced by Greek sophos, wise, and mōros, stupid) of sophumer, from obsolete sophom, sophism, dialectic exercise, variant of sophism.
- (US) A second-year undergraduate student in a college or university, or a second-year student in a four-year secondary school or high school.
- She was very mature for a sophomore and had several friends who were juniors or even seniors.
- (US, horse-racing) A three year old horse.
- The filly had looked promising as a sophomore, but concerns over her health had prompted the owner to pull her from the seasonâ€™s early races.
From earlier sophumer, from the obsolete sophom (â€œsophism or dialectical exerciseâ€), likely influenced by Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ¿Ï†ÏŒÏ‚ (sophos, â€œwiseâ€) + Î¼Ï‰ÏÏŒÏ‚ (mÅros, â€œfoolâ€). Compare oxymoron (literally â€œsharp-dullâ€), a similar contradiction.