lop·​sid·​ed | \ ˈläp-ˌsī-dəd How to pronounce lopsided (audio) \

Definition of lopsided

1 : leaning to one side
2 : lacking in balance, symmetry, or proportion : disproportionately heavy on one side a lopsided vote of 99–1

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Other Words from lopsided

lopsidedly adverb
lopsidedness noun

Examples of lopsided in a Sentence

The house had a lopsided porch. They won the game by a lopsided score of 25–3. a lopsided vote of 99 to 1
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Recent Examples on the Web Now, the games vs. Carolina have not been as lopsided as the four losses would indicate, but the aesthetic of a loss doesn’t matter to the standings. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "As their tumble down the standings continues, the Stars keep finding new ways to lose vs. Hurricanes," 13 Feb. 2021 The complete picture is certainly even more lopsided. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Catholic dioceses, institutions received at least $3B in taxpayer aid during pandemic: analysis," 4 Feb. 2021 Bickerstaff saw an uptick Tuesday night -- even though the outcome was much more lopsided. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers searching for small victories as injuries mount," 13 Jan. 2021 Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring, and Texas beat the No. 3 Jayhawks 84-59 to match the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of the building. Dave Skretta, ajc, "No. 8 Texas tops No. 3 KU 84-59 to tie record margin at Phog," 2 Jan. 2021 Instead, Clemson's lopsided margin opened the door for Texas A&M to land in fourth. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "ACC, Ohio State biggest winners of final College Football Playoff rankings," 21 Dec. 2020 Carlson added another field goal and Devontae Booker added two late TD runs, sending the Raiders to their most lopsided win in the series since a 59-14 victory Oct. 24, 2010. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Raiders run over mistake-prone Broncos 37-12," 15 Nov. 2020 Some combination of the coronavirus, Mr. Trump’s reaction to police brutality and his erratic behavior at the first debate had put Mr. Biden within reach of the most lopsided presidential win since Ronald Reagan’s in 1984. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "‘A Black Eye’: Why Political Polling Missed the Mark. Again.," 12 Nov. 2020 Auburn’s first victory against LSU since 2016 and its most lopsided win in the rivalry’s 119-year history. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Inside Auburn’s dominating defensive performance against LSU," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lopsided

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lopsided was in 1711

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“Lopsided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lopsided. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lopsided

: having one side that is lower or smaller than the other
: uneven or unequal


lop·​sid·​ed | \ ˈläp-ˈsī-dəd How to pronounce lopsided (audio) \

Kids Definition of lopsided

: uneven in position, size, or amount a lopsided score a lopsided smile

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