- having the top disproportionately heavy; liable to fall from too great weight above.
- relatively much heavier or larger above the center or waist than below: a top-heavy wrestler.
- having a financial structure overburdened with securities that have priority in the payment of dividends.
Origin of top-heavy
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Examples from the Web for top-heavy
"And you're getting it so high it's top-heavy," cautioned Mrs. Drelmer.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But the weight of the stones makes him top-heavy; he falls in and is drowned.Storyology
And your skull will be so top-heavy with prudence, that it will be difficult for you to keep on your feet.The Cycle of Spring
It was almost a miracle that the top-heavy sled did not upset.The Camp in the Snow
William Murray Graydon
Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.Moby Dick; or The Whale
- unstable or unbalanced through being overloaded at the top
- finance (of an enterprise or its capital structure) characterized by or containing too much debt capital in relation to revenue or profit so that too little is left over for dividend distributions; overcapitalized
- (of a business enterprise) having too many executives
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Word Origin and History for top-heavy
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