heavier, larger, or more developed on one side than on the other; unevenly balanced; unsymmetrical.
leaning to one side.

Origin of lopsided

First recorded in 1705–15; lop2 + sided
Related formslop·sid·ed·ly, adverblop·sid·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for lopsided

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Examples from the Web for lopsided

Contemporary Examples of lopsided

Historical Examples of lopsided

  • She retired into the garage and returned with a lopsided oilcan.

  • He grinned at Scorio, but the grin was lopsided, more like a sneering grimace.


    Clifford Donald Simak

  • His lopsided grin was as frightening as the cardinal's angry stare.

  • Now break up that lopsided, rickety table there and make a fire.

    The Ghost Breaker

    Charles Goddard

  • Art Kuzak could only sigh heavily, grin a lopsided grin, and produce.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for lopsided



leaning or inclined to one side
greater in weight, height, or size on one side
Derived Formslopsidedly, adverblopsidedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lopsided

also lop-sided, 1711, originally lapsided, first used of ships; from lop (v.2) + side (n.). Related: Lopsidedly; lopsidedness.

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