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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This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 Krassenstein’s analysis erases the extremely lopsided power dynamics seemingly at play. Casey Quinlan, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos Speaking Out About Joe Biden’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching Matters," 3 Apr. 2019 While Krzyzewski brushed off the value of that lopsided record, Izzo brought it up unprompted and said one of his goals is to win this game to cut into that deficit. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Duke vs. Michigan State is battle of NCAA Tournament titans," 31 Mar. 2019 This week, Balfe is teasing Heughan about his lopsided bowtie at the Vanity Fair Oscar's party. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Caitriona Balfe Teases Her Outlander Co-Star Sam Heughan About His Bowtie," 26 Feb. 2019 In particular, the Lerners bankroll one of the largest payrolls in baseball despite being hamstrung by what almost all observers see as one of the most lopsided television contracts in sports. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Baseball Bridges the Political Divide in Washington," 16 July 2018 Kerr's Warriors have run into James in the Finals for four consecutive years, and though this most recent series was the most lopsided of them all, Kerr isn't taking James' reign for granted. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Steve Kerr: Michael Jordan and LeBron James 'two best players that I've ever witnessed'," 9 June 2018 Since March 27, the Bulldogs have also posted lopsided in-state victories against UAB, 8-2, and Alabama State, 15-6. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Samford baseball takes winning streak to The Citadel this weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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