lop·​sid·​ed ˈläp-ˌsī-dəd How to pronounce lopsided (audio)
: leaning to one side
: lacking in balance, symmetry, or proportion : disproportionately heavy on one side
a lopsided vote of 99–1
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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Word History

First Known Use

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 26 Sep. 2023.

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lop·​sid·​ed ˈläp-ˈsīd-əd How to pronounce lopsided (audio)
: leaning to one side : unbalanced
lopsidedness noun

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