From the Greek words
Sophos; meaning wise, and Moros; meaning fool, or foolish. Literally, a 'wise fool'.
1. A word used
to denote the stage when
a person has gained sufficient knowledge
and/or skill to be of some use to his/her society
or community, but is still sufficiently untutored or unskilled to perform wisely or correctly in most situations.
2. The second level of instruction in both secondary and collegiate education.
1. His explanation was sophomoric (sic) and uninspired.
2. She is in her sophomore year in college.