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 also  ˈsȯf-,
 or  ˈsä-fə-,
ˈsȯ-fə- How to pronounce sophomore (audio)
: a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school


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

Example Sentences

Noun She's a sophomore in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web
Top receivers are sophomore Antonio Harris (35 catches, 681 yards, 10 TDs), senior Matthew Hinz (29 catches, 457 yards, seven TDs) and junior Max Gainey (27 catches, 292 yards, four TDs). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 2 Dec. 2022 Fickell's eldest son, Landon, is a sophomore offensive lineman on the Cincinnati football team. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 1 Dec. 2022 Others to watch are sophomore Tyler Raasch (16.5 ppg, 5.5 rebounds), junior Ethan Wolfe (12.5 ppg, 5.5 assists) and 6-6 senior Ian Raasch (10.0 ppg, 9.0 rebounds). Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Nov. 2022 Before the kickoff of Shawsheen home games, sophomore defensive end Nate Mello sings the national anthem, and the rest of the Rams sing along from the field. Aj Traub,, 28 Nov. 2022 His oldest son, Landon, is a sophomore offensive lineman at Cincinnati. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 But sophomore Xavier Valdivia played well in the 19-17 loss to Hamilton. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2022 Two plays later, Tagovailoa threw a 34-yard pass to Demus, which helped set up a touchdown catch by sophomore tight end CJ Dippre that gave the Terps a 13-10 lead with four minutes left. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 20 Nov. 2022 Injuries are mounting for the Illini’s No. 5-ranked passing defense, which looks thin after losing sophomore cornerback Tahveon Nicholson for the rest of the year with a wrist injury. Mark Heim |, al, 19 Nov. 2022
Hoover super-sophomore Reniya Kelly led all scorers with 23 points while Aniya Hubbard added 10 points. Dennis Victory, al, 23 Jan. 2021 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,, 3 Mar. 2020 The student readers will be sophomore Lara Connor and junior Tunji Osho-Williams. Carole Goldberg,, 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, 20 Aug. 2019 The other Morgan State player chosen to the all-conference first team was sophomore tight end Xavier Gravette. Edward Lee,, 1 Aug. 2019 Most recently, Trixie Mattel topped the Heatseekers Albums chart with her sophomore folk offering One Stone. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, 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,, 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, 17 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History



perhaps from Greek sophos wise + mōros foolish

First Known Use


1688, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sophomore was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Sophomore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a student in his or her second year at a 4-year high school or college
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