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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Recent Examples on the Web The seniors comprised almost half the starting lineup with raw underclassmen making up the rest. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Spring High School softball coach Julie Wyrick reflects on canceled season," 24 Apr. 2020 The trend of underclassmen leaving despite not being projected as draft picks is not limited to Kentucky. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Analysis: Kentucky basketball is in a league of its own when it comes to roster turnover," 17 Apr. 2020 Santa Ana Mater Dei won the Southern Section Open Division girls’ title with largely talented underclassmen. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: QB duels, shooting stars and spring sensations highlighted prep sports," 8 Apr. 2020 After losing more than 30 players from last year’s conference title team, the Blazers were saddled with underclassmen this season and lose 14 seniors to graduation. Evan Dudley, al, "Where UAB stands ahead of early signing period," 16 Dec. 2019 The dual-threat sophomore, who is averaging 322.2 passing yards per game, is a stabilizing force for an offense stocked with underclassmen. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs vs. UCLA scouting report: Who has the edge, predictions and 3 things to watch," 1 Nov. 2019 The Huskies struggled to a 9–9 conference mark, tied for ninth in a deep Big East, relying heavily on a handful of underclassmen to support their star. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "The 10 Best Individual College Basketball Seasons of the Decade," 4 Oct. 2019 Those two, plus nickelback and third-leading tackler P.J. Locke, are all gone, leaving defensive coordinator Todd Orlando with four underclassmen battling for vacancies on either side of the field. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas Longhorns: What to watch for this season," 25 Aug. 2019 Junior guard Alonzo Verge is on the list of 163 underclassmen and 42 international players who are examining professional opportunities. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Alonzo Verge is third ASU basketball player to explore NBA options," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of underclassman

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Underclassman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underclassman. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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

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