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 (sŏf′ə-môr′ĭk, -mŏr′-)
1. Of or characteristic of a sophomore.
2. Exhibiting great immaturity and lack of judgment: sophomoric behavior.

soph′o·mor′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌsɒfəˈmɒrɪk) or


censorious US and Canadian of or relating to a person who is overconfident with his or her knowledge despite being uninformed


(ˌsɒf əˈmɔr ɪk, -ˈmɒr-)

1. of or pertaining to sophomores.
2. intellectually pretentious and conceited but immature and ill-informed.
[1805–15, Amer.]
soph`o•mor′i•cal•ly, adv.


- Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word.
See also related terms for ignorance.
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He had proved it to-day, with his amateurish and sophomoric productions.
This crook-nosed, gross-bodied harpy'; 'this civic sinner, this judicial highwayman'; 'possessing the morals of the Tenderloin and an honor which thieves' honor puts to shame'; 'who compounds criminality with shyster-sharks, and in atonement railroads the unfortunate and impecunious to rotting cells,'--and so forth and so forth, style sophomoric and devoid of the dignity and tone one would employ in a dissertation on 'Surplus Value,' or 'The Fallacies of Marxism,' but just the stuff the dear public likes.
Some of those things have been sophomoric and silly, and I regret those, but some have been deliberately misinterpreted to try and paint me as a caricature of a heartless Tory toff.
I was] not impressed by [Michael] Nickerson's sophomoric jeering at our leading officer ("Team Justin" in Volume 24 Issue 1, February 2017).
New York Times THE sophomoric jokes and flippant disregard for women's health by Republicans would have been bad enough had they not been followed by the passage in the House of the American Health Care Act.
Trump, who has been frequently criticized as a blowhard with sophomoric policy proposals, will kick off a series of speeches Wednesday to push back on that image.
The base removed the original Facebook post about incident because of comments that were "profane, sophomoric, or did not treat the subject seriously," it said in a subsequent post.
Inspired by the sophomoric personals In the back of the New York
But the right to be stupid in no way deviates from the right to free speech; it is the right to free speech, a radical notion that guarantees unfettered expression no matter how sophomoric or poorly considered.
There are sophomoric similes in practically every paragraph and one finds oneself groaning as if in a real comedy show.
As director of the "Centre de recherche sur l'intermedialite," at the Universite de Montreal, Eric Mechoulan is fully aware that a fashionable buzzword like "intermedialty" runs the risk of quickly becoming a trendy piece of pseudo-academic jargon emptied of any significance through overuse and misuse by facile scholars and sophomoric students.
Chibe is seeking to retain humor as the keynote of the Bud Light creative, while making that humor more sophisticated and less sophomoric.