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

Nearby words

  1. lopolith,
  2. lopper,
  3. lopping shears,
  4. loppy,
  5. lopseed,
  6. lopsidedly,
  7. lopstick,
  8. loq.,
  9. loquacious,
  10. loquaciously

Origin of lopsided

First recorded in 1705–15; lop2 + sided

Related formslop·sid·ed·ly, adverblop·sid·ed·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for 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



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 lopsidedness



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

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