[ lop-sahy-did ]
/ ˈlɒpˈsaɪ dɪd /


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
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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


/ (ˌlɒpˈsaɪdɪd) /


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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