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


She's a sophomore in high school.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cooper started 13 games as a junior and played in 14 games as a sophomore. Nathan Baird,, "Which Ohio State football players are inactive for Saturday against Florida Atlantic?," 30 Aug. 2019 An all-Big Ten honorable mention as a sophomore in 2017, Lewerke looks to be fully healthy with all his arm strength back for this season., "Tulsa vs. Michigan State Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Game Time," 30 Aug. 2019 Whitworth, 37, won a BCS National Championship with Louisiana State University as a sophomore before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Rams lineman Andrew Whitworth scores a Westlake Village mansion," 29 Aug. 2019 Starting as a sophomore, Mahlman averaged more than 12 points per game. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Lakeville South tight end Riley Mahlman — big, fast and ‘wow’ — is state’s top 2021 recruit," 28 Aug. 2019 Defensively, junior defensive back Joe Taylor is back after leading the team in tackles and interceptions as a sophomore. Wright Wilson And Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football 2019: Predicting conference winners," 28 Aug. 2019 He wasn’t listed on the roster in 2016 before seeing no action as a sophomore in 2017. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama TE wasn’t recruited, didn’t quit and now he’s living his dream," 28 Aug. 2019 As a sophomore, Bowden ranked 51st nationally in all-purpose yards per game (111.9) despite returning just five punts all season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Lynn Bowden blows up, the NFL draft calls and more Kentucky football bold predictions," 27 Aug. 2019 Jones, who grew up doing calf roping in rodeos, only began playing football as a sophomore. Richard Obert, azcentral, "BYU commit Dean Jones given full football season by AIA, despite second move," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The usual suspects provided the sharpshooting from long distance: senior guard Andrew Rowsey was 5 of 6, sophomore guard Markus Howard 4 of 9 and sophomore wing Sam Hauser was 4 of 5. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's sharpshooters overcome early foul trouble against Wisconsin," 9 Dec. 2017 Erin was able to play her sophomore season at Granite Hills in ’15, but her medical problems weren’t over. John Maffei,, "Granite Hills senior determined to stay on the field," 9 Oct. 2017

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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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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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