underclassman

[uhn-der-klas-muh n, -klahs-]

noun, plural un·der·class·men.

a freshman or sophomore in a secondary school or college.

Nearby words

  1. undercart,
  2. undercast,
  3. undercellar,
  4. undercharge,
  5. underclass,
  6. underclay,
  7. underclothes,
  8. underclothing,
  9. undercoat,
  10. undercoating

Origin of underclassman

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; under- + class + -man

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Word Origin and History for underclassman

underclassman

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper