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[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
1705-15; lop2 + sided
Related forms
lopsidedly, adverb
lopsidedness, noun
1. uneven, unequal. Unabridged
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  • And now they crouched down on the sandy strip of shore and stared hard at the lopsided darker shadow out there in the water.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • He grinned at Scorio, but the grin was lopsided, more like a sneering grimace.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • If they left their pests behind, the total system of checks and balances which make life practical would get lopsided.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • His lopsided grin was as frightening as the cardinal's angry stare.

  • This culture might, perhaps, more properly be termed the contracted or lopsided culture.

British Dictionary definitions for lopsided


leaning or inclined to one side
greater in weight, height, or size on one side
Derived Forms
lopsidedly, adverb
lopsidedness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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