sophomore

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sophomore used of the second year in United States high school or college "the sophomore class","his sophomore year"
    • n sophomore a second-year undergraduate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "sophomore" means "sophisticated moron."
    • n Sophomore One belonging to the second of the four classes in an American college, or one next above a freshman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year.
    • n sophomore A student in the second year of his college course.
    • sophomore Pertaining to a sophomore, or to the second year of the college course; characteristic of sophomores: as, sophomore studies; sophomore rhetoric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sophomore sof′ō-mōr (U.S.) a second-year student
    • adj Sophomore pertaining to such
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. soph, or sophister, + Gr. foolish. The word was probably introduced into the United States at an early date, from the University of Cambridge, England. Among the cant terms at that university, as given in the Gradus ad Cantabrigiam, we find Soph-Mor, as “the next distinctive appellation to Freshman,” but the term has now almost ceased to be known at the English university from whence it came

Usage

In literature:

But early in my sophomore year, when the novelty had worn away, I began to do some thinking.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Here is a curious story of a feat of memory, in his sketch of his Sophomore year.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
Could I have dreamed such a thing when I was a sophomore with old Heliodor!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Which of us are you going to take to the sophomore reception?
"Betty Wales Freshman" by Edith K. Dunton
Longfellow remained in Portland until his sixteenth year, when he went to Bowdoin College, entering the sophomore class.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright
But he worked away throughout his Sophomore year and failed again.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
The present sophomore class was one of those "freak" bodies which appear once in a life time.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
Sergeant Von Wald and I are studying together, and I think I shall be able to enter Sophomore.
"Harper's Round Table, September 17, 1895" by Various
Even among the Sophomores he was spotted, a privileged and an important character.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Suddenly a trio of sophomores bounded out from behind a clump of bushes.
"The Seven-Branched Candlestick" by Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
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In poetry:

What if the creature should arise,--
For he was stout and tall,--
And swallow down a sophomore,
Coat, crow's-foot, cap, and all!
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
What high immortals do in mirth
Is life and death on Middle Earth;
Their a-historic
Antipathy forever gripes
All ages and somatic types,
The sophomoric
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
Yes, we sophomores figured duly
That, if we appraised him truly,
Horace must have been a brick;
And no wonder that with ranting
Rhymes he went a-gallivanting
Round with sprightly Lydia Dick!
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field

In news:

From Juneau, Trisha Lazo Elizarde, a sophomore studying social work, made the list.
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Fabbians Ebbele, who started every game last season at right tackle, is nowhere to be found on the team's depth chart entering camp.
Plus 'Ecco the Dolphin' and a sophomoric video entitled 'Skyrim Bikini Contest'.
I've been anticipating Passion Pit's sophomore album, Gossamer , for a long time, and by that I mean after eating up every track on Manners and then looking around for more.
Facebook.com/PassionPitOfficial On Tuesday, fans of Passion Pit will get their hands on the band's sophomore album, Gossamer .
Oregon State capped off its 11-20 season with a 78-69 loss to top-seeded Arizona that saw sophomore big man Joe Burton ejected in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinal.
Eleven sophomore fillies will have a chance to win their first graded stakes in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr IIIT) Oct 27 on the Santa Anita Park turf.
We knew coming into the spring that the most interesting position battle for the USC Trojans would be at left tackle, where redshirt junior Kevin Graf and sophomore Aundrey Walker were set to compete for the right to start there in 2012.
We are pleased to report there was no sophomore slump for our second annual Greenhouse Xchange this week in Carefree, Ariz.
Gustavus sophomore Ben Westphal auditioned for the "X Factor" TV show in June.
Western Michigan University sophomore defenseman scored two goals in the Broncos' season-opening series against St Lawrence this past weekend.
Chase Ellsworth ended his sophomore year of golf for Bellmont yesterday at the.
Blackfoot sophomore Madison Pilster makes a great defensive play in a game played early in the season.
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Brigetta Barrett has gone from NCAA champion to a true national champion.
Grade/School: Sophomore, Tigard High School.
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In science:

As a mechanical engineering sophomore at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, I took a great and inspiring class in quantum mechanics with Guido Langouche.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
The study was carried out at the University of Maine in a sophomore level mechanics course for which differential equations was a corequisite course. Ten students were given the MPEX and then the FMCE on the first day of class and again on the very last day of class.
Limitations in predicting student performance on standardized tests
I have worn it since March 2003, when American and Britain invaded Iraq, and I wear it while teaching thermodynamics to the 180 sophomore physics ma jors.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
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