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Origin of lopsided

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

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Historical Examples of lopsidedness

  • It had to be uttered once in a life, to adjust the lopsidedness of the world.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • An age of specialization would incline the race toward "lopsidedness."

British Dictionary definitions for lopsidedness


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



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

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