From earlier sophumer, from the obsolete sophom (“sophism or dialectical exercise”), likely influenced by Ancient Greek σοφός (sophós, “wise”) + μωρός (mōrós, “fool”). Compare oxymoron (literally “sharp-dull”), a similar contradiction.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒfəmɔː/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɑfmɔɹ/, /ˈsɒfmɔɹ/, /ˈsɔfmɔɹ/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈsɒfəmɔɹ/
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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.
- Coordinate term: debut
- The band’s sophomore album built upon the success of their debut release, catapulting them to megastardom.
- 2016 August 21, Joe Coscarelli, “Frank Ocean Finally Delivers His Album, and a Pop-Up Surprise”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- “Blonde,” which is spelled “Blond” on the album cover and “Blonde” on Apple and elsewhere, hews more closely to what was expected from a sophomore release by one of the most lauded and enigmatic young singers in pop music.
- 2021 March 5, Jason Bailey, “Watch These 13 Titles on Netflix Before They Leave This Month”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- Spike Lee’s sophomore film, after his micro-budgeted and critically acclaimed debut, “She’s Gotta Have It,” was this big, bold ensemble musical set on the campus of a Historically Black College over a busy homecoming weekend.
sophomore (plural sophomores)
- (US, Philippines) 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.