- 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 season’s early races.
From earlier sophumer, from the obsolete sophom (“sophism or dialectical exercise”), likely influenced by Ancient Greek σοφός (sophos, “wise”) + μωρός (mōros, “fool”). Compare oxymoron (literally “sharp-dull”), a similar contradiction.