un·​der·​class·​man | \ ˌən-dər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce underclassman (audio) \

Definition of underclassman

: a member of the freshman or sophomore class in a school or college

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Jaskulski sees promise in the underclassmen, as well. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield hires Bill Jaskulski, whose basketball bloodlines run deep, as boys hoops head coach," 10 July 2018 But the Tigers got a boost when four underclassmen on their defense, including defensive end Clelin Ferrell, decided to stay for the 2018 season. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple reacted to Saints-Vikings ending just like the rest of us: Buckeye Breakfast," 15 Jan. 2018 His name is only partly a coincidence Youth movement in Ann Arbor The Wolverines have gotten major contributions from their underclassmen. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Five things to know entering the Big Ten Baseball Tournament," 22 May 2018 Steve Bittenbender Ashlee Harris came up huge late for Sacred Heart, which got some key contributions from its underclassmen to pull away from visiting Manual 66-56 Saturday evening. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Ashlee Harris helps Sacred Heart girls basketball survive Manual," 6 Jan. 2018 Features work by 48 senior students and select underclassmen. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: April 23-29," 23 Apr. 2018 The first three could have well turned pro, at a time when record numbers of underclassmen are leaving early. Brian Costa And Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "To Compete With Alabama, Clemson Became Alabama," 30 Dec. 2018 The Wisconsin junior power forward, who withdrew from the NBA draft, suffered the busted lip going through drills and scrimmaging with other prospects shortly before the May 30 deadline for underclassmen to return to college. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' VR exploration a game-changer for prospects," 9 June 2018 Four underclassmen were regular starters this season, and five more saw regular playing time as reserves. Hunter Tickel, chicagotribune.com, "IC Catholic bows out in 1A supersectional; North Shore moves on to state," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of underclassman

1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underclassman

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

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