[ sof-uh-mawr-ik, -mor- ]
/ ˌsɒf əˈmɔr ɪk, -ˈmɒr- /


of or relating to a sophomore or sophomores.
suggestive of or resembling the traditional sophomore; intellectually pretentious, overconfident, conceited, etc., but immature: sophomoric questions.

Nearby words

  1. sophistry,
  2. sophists,
  3. sophoclean,
  4. sophocles,
  5. sophomore,
  6. sophonias,
  7. sophronia,
  8. sophrosyne,
  9. sophy,
  10. sopor

Sometimes soph·o·mor·i·cal.

Origin of sophomoric

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; sophomore + -ic

Related formssoph·o·mor·i·cal·ly, adverbun·soph·o·mor·ic, adjectiveun·soph·o·mor·i·cal, adjectiveun·soph·o·mor·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sophomoric



"characteristic of a sophomore" (regarded as self-assured and opinionated but crude and immature), 1806, from sophomore + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper