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sophomoric

[sof-uh-mawr-ik, -mor-]
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  1. of or relating to a sophomore or sophomores.
  2. suggestive of or resembling the traditional sophomore; intellectually pretentious, overconfident, conceited, etc., but immature: sophomoric questions.
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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

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Related Words

foolish, brash, naive, reckless, young

Word Origin and History for sophomoric

adj.

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

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