sophomoric

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adjective soph·o·mor·ic \ˌsäf-ˈmȯr-ik, -ˈmär- also ˌsȯf- or ˌsä-fə- or ˌsȯ-fə-\

Definition of sophomoric

  1. 1 :  conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature a sophomoric argument

  2. 2 :  lacking in maturity, taste, or judgment sophomoric humor

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Examples of sophomoric in a Sentence

  1. His behavior at the party was sophomoric.

Did You Know?

Sophomores get a bad rap. A lot of people seem to think they're foolish (no matter what they do), when they know they're pretty wise. The history of the words sophomore and sophomoric (which developed from sophomore) proves that it has always been tough to be a sophomore. Those words probably come from a combination of the Greek terms sophos (which means "wise") and mōros (which means "foolish"). But sophomores can take comfort in the fact that some very impressive words, including philosopher and sophisticated, are also related to sophos.

1813

First Known Use of sophomoric

1813


SOPHOMORIC Defined for English Language Learners

sophomoric

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adjective soph·o·mor·ic \ˌsäf-ˈmȯr-ik, -ˈmär- also ˌsȯf- or ˌsä-fə- or ˌsȯ-fə-\

Definition of sophomoric for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a lack of emotional maturity : foolish and immature



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