adjective \ˈtäp-ˌhe-vē\

Definition of top–heavy

  1. 1 :  having the top part too heavy for the lower part

  2. 2 :  having too high a proportion of administrators <a top–heavy bureaucracy>

  3. 3 :  oversupplied with one element at the expense of others :  lacking balance <a novel top–heavy with description>

Circa 1533

First Known Use of top–heavy

circa 1533

TOP–HEAVY Defined for English Language Learners


adjective \ˈtäp-ˌhe-vē\

Definition of top–heavy for English Language Learners

  • : 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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