top-heavy

adjective
\ ˈtäp-ˌhe-vē How to pronounce top-heavy (audio) \

Definition of top-heavy

1 : having the top part too heavy for the lower part
2 : having too high a proportion of administrators a top-heavy bureaucracy
3 : oversupplied with one element at the expense of others : lacking balance a novel top-heavy with description

First Known Use of top-heavy

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of top-heavy was circa 1533

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“Top-heavy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top-heavy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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top-heavy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of top-heavy

: likely to fall over because the top part is too large and heavy for the bottom part
: having too many people whose job is to manage workers and not enough ordinary workers

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