From earlier sophumer, from the obsolete sophom (“sophism or dialectical exercise”), likely influenced by Ancient Greek σοφός (sophos, “wise”) + μωρός (mōros, “fool”). Compare oxymoron (literally “sharp-dull”), a similar contradiction.
sophomore (not comparable)
- (US) The second in a series, especially, the second of an artist’s albums or the second of four years in a high school (tenth grade) or university.
- The band’s sophomore album built upon the success of their debut release, catapulting them to megastardom.
sophomore (plural sophomores)
- (US) A second-year undergraduate student in a college or university, or a second-year student in a four-year secondary school or high school.
- She was very mature for a sophomore and had several friends who were juniors or even seniors.
- (US, horse-racing) A three year old horse.
- The filly had looked promising as a sophomore, but concerns over her health had prompted the owner to pull her from the season’s early races.