sophomoric

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

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for sophomoric

sophomoric

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper