sophomore (n.)

1680s, "student in the second year of university study," literally "arguer," altered from sophumer (1650s, from sophume, archaic variant form of sophism), probably by influence of folk etymology derivation from Greek sophos "wise" + mōros "foolish, dull" (see moron). The original reference might be to the dialectic exercises that formed a large part of education in the middle years. At Oxford and Cambridge, a sophister (from sophist with spurious -er as in philosopher) was a second- or third-year student (what Americans would call a "junior" might be a senior sophister).

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Definitions of sophomore from WordNet
sophomore (n.)
a second-year undergraduate;
Synonyms: soph
sophomore (adj.)
used of the second year in United States high school or college;
the sophomore class
his sophomore year
Synonyms: second-year