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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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Put off by the pretensions of high art and marked by dadaist inclinations, Fluxus aspired to works so humbly embodied, or so sophomorically droll, as to test and, in that sense, expand the very boundaries of what could even pass for art at all.
This kind of sophomorically clever homespun promoted missionary ventures amidst the worldwide economic collapse and, at least in believers' minds, only proved the truth of pentecostal apocalypticism.
The first, alas, is to provide a certain number of giggling philistines with sophomorically smutty postcards and other souvenirs that focus on David's distinctly masculine nudity.
Despite Thomas's claims to be chronically, pill-poppingly depressed, his epistolary style is positively jaunty and his descriptions of the weekly coven initially suggest something rather more sophomorically nerdy than threatening.