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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And then worry for way too long whether your new decor is lopsided. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "If You’re Having Trouble Hanging Photos on Your Wall, You Need This Fork Hack," 19 Feb. 2019 Those undulations snapped one of the suspension cables, so the bridge was lopsided and began twisting along its center axis along with the galloping motion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 In the battle for the Senate, spending is even more lopsided. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Half of 2018’s Democratic campaign ads are about health care," 24 Sep. 2018 Only one name could keep Leinart’s efforts in the most lopsided BCS title game ever out of the top spot on our list. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 The teams’ combined tally for the afternoon: 29 strikeouts and just six hits, another lopsided game in the majors’ daily struggle of strikeouts versus hits. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Miles Mikolas Took a Wild Journey to the Cardinals Rotation," 7 July 2018 Romo said Taylor had disrespected him and the Rays June 6 by stealing a base in the sixth inning of a lopsided game. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 Before the lopsided win over Perry Hall, the Comets played five close games in a row. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville High baseball team ends busy week with third victory in four games," 27 Apr. 2018 In one of its last non-conference games of the season, Auburn softball had one of the most lopsided wins in program history and Justus Perry made program history. James Crepea, AL.com, "Auburn softball shuts out Alabama State 22-0, one of largest wins in program history," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lopsided

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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