soph·​o·​more | \ ˈsäf-ˌmȯr also ˈsȯf- or ˈsä-fə- or ˈsȯ-fə- How to pronounce sophomore (audio) \

Definition of sophomore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school



Definition of sophomore (Entry 2 of 2)

: being or associated with the second in a series their sophomore album

Examples of sophomore in a Sentence

Noun She's a sophomore in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Against Southern, sophomore quarterback Desmond Trotter, who played at Birmingham’s Shades Valley, was sensational. Charles Hollis, al, "Miami’s King is difference against underdog UAB," 10 Sep. 2020 Shiloh Christian sophomore quarterback Eli Wisdom has only played two games this season, but his play has already commanded the attention of an SEC school. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Shiloh Christian QB getting noticed early," 8 Sep. 2020 Redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis and true freshmen Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy are the other strong contenders. Matt Murschel,, "FSU hopes Mike Norvell can finally get Seminoles back on track," 8 Sep. 2020 Those yards set up LaPorte’s only score of the game: a 6-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback R.J. Anglin to junior running back Jayden Parkes. Dave Melton,, "Running backs Hayden Vinyard and Tommy Burbee carry Valparaiso to 37-7 win against LaPorte: ‘It’s a friendly competition that drives both of us to play better.’," 4 Sep. 2020 Ridder and sophomore quarterback Ben Bryant split reps with both the first and second teams during fall camp. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder trying to 'stay level-headed' ahead of season-opener," 3 Sep. 2020 This will be a tough matchup for the Frogs, especially without sophomore quarterback Max Duggan in the shotgun. Katherine Griffith, Dallas News, "Game-by-game predictions for TCU in 2020: Will Frogs improve from last season without Max Duggan?," 2 Sep. 2020 The offense will turn to sophomore quarterback Brennan Armstrong, last year’s backup to dual-threat Bryce Perkins. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "ACC preview: Two teams is College Football Playoff is realistic possibility," 31 Aug. 2020 Among those is sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels, who stops by Edwards office daily. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU football team preparing for season as usual despite not knowing when it will start," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The lone player from a Bay Area school who made the 10-woman All-WCC first team was sophomore guard Sam Simons of St. Mary’s. Steve Kroner,, "St. Mary’s Jordan Ford, Malik Fitts named to All-WCC first team," 3 Mar. 2020 The student readers will be sophomore Lara Connor and junior Tunji Osho-Williams. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Bush daughters bringing ‘Sisters First’ discussion to Clinton, Quinnipiac professor talks identity politics," 5 Nov. 2019 The Ocean View High softball team had sophomore third baseman Haley Hoskin and sophomore outfielder Ari Hencke make the All-Golden West League first team. Daily Pilot, "Ocean View softball duo named to All-Golden West League first team," 20 Aug. 2019 The other Morgan State player chosen to the all-conference first team was sophomore tight end Xavier Gravette. Edward Lee,, "Picked to finish eighth in MEAC, Morgan State football aims to ‘go out there and change’ opinions," 1 Aug. 2019 Most recently, Trixie Mattel topped the Heatseekers Albums chart with her sophomore folk offering One Stone. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race': The Season 10 Cast Picks the Best Alumni of All Time," 4 Apr. 2018 On the verge of twin wins is sophomore teammate Stephan Lukashev, second in both the 50 free (21.28) and the 100 free (46.97) a year ago. Glae Thien,, "Swimming preview: top competitors, season story lines," 14 Mar. 2018 But the offensive star for MU was sophomore wing Sacar Anim, who had a collegiate-high 26 points. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MU 90, Creighton 86: Golden Eagles storm back in second half," 17 Feb. 2018 So was sophomore wing V.J. King and freshman guard Darius Perry. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "With their ‘backs against the wall’ after loss to Syracuse, Cards must keep fighting," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sophomore


1688, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sophomore


perhaps from Greek sophos wise + mōros foolish

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“Sophomore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sophomore

US : a student in the second year of high school or college


soph·​o·​more | \ ˈsäf-ˌmȯr How to pronounce sophomore (audio) , ˈsä-fə-ˌmȯr \

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: a student in the second year of high school or college

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