lop·​sid·​ed | \ˈläp-ˌsī-dəd \

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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The concern is that Democrats’ lopsided edge among women voters could carry over to 2020, when President Donald Trump will be seeking a second term and House and Senate control will be in play. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "As number of GOP women in Congress dips, party seeks answers," 21 Nov. 2018 The Harry Potter series has always generated international returns exceeding domestic grosses, one of several major franchises across Hollywood with such a lopsided dynamic. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Less-Than-‘Fantastic’ Start for Harry Potter Spinoff," 18 Nov. 2018 That’s in part because of the lopsided playing field this year to retake the House. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The 16 most interesting House races of 2018," 6 Nov. 2018 The lopsided days of this company’s cameras being great for stills and terrible for video are over. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Fujifilm X-T3 review: the do-everything camera," 24 Oct. 2018 Mesmerizingly intricate basketweave braids stole the show at Atlien, and at Thom Browne, hair skirted the notion of traditional plaits altogether with lopsided, gravity-defying rolled twists. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Lessons To Steal Right Now From Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 Most public universities require students to pay student activity fees, which in some cases support lopsided politics, according to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a campus free speech legal group. Fox News, "Supreme Court decisions could curb campus censorship," 24 Aug. 2018 That’s a far more lopsided margin than in the January telephone poll in which 50 percent of Republican leaners disapproved. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Trump is battling Mueller investigation to a draw in court of public opinion," 12 July 2018 But Mendelssohn has generated some attention after a lopsided win in the UAE Derby. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby contender Mendelssohn builds buzz in first workout," 3 May 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 \

Kids Definition of lopsided

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

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