underclassman

[uhn-der-klas-muh n, -klahs-]

noun, plural un·der·class·men.

a freshman or sophomore in a secondary school or college.

Origin of underclassman

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; under- + class + -man
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Word Origin and History for underclassman
n.

"sophomore or freshman," 1869, American English, from under (adj.) + class (n.) in the school form sense + man (n.).

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