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lopsided

Syllabification: lop·sid·ed
Pronunciation: /ˌläpˈsīdəd
 
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Definition of lopsided in English:

adjective

1With one side lower or smaller than the other: a lopsided grin
More example sentences
  • He kept them there just a second too long before dropping them to his sides with a lopsided grin.
  • She imagines his brown hair spiky and lopsided, like the last time she saw him.
  • She caught sight of the old tyre-swing hanging lopsided from an outstretched branch.
Synonyms
crooked, askew, awry, off-center, uneven, out of line, asymmetrical, tilted, at an angle, aslant, slanting;
informal cockeyed
1.1Disproportionately weighted in favor of one side over another: a lopsided competition

Origin

early 18th century: from lop2 + side + -ed1.

Derivatives

lopsidedly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • First, the other side has a huge advantage in money, incumbency and a constituency that benefits lopsidedly from the unrepresentative electoral college and senate.
  • I tilted my head to one side and smiling lopsidedly said, ‘Do you know what I think?’
  • ‘You're forgiven,’ I drawled, grinning lopsidedly.

lopsidedness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • We have a lopsidedness in that the Scottish Executive is responsible for spending, but not for tax-raising.
  • Depriving the farmers from agriculture has created an avalanche of problems like unemployment, scarcity of food, starvation death, diseases and a total lopsidedness in the growth of the economy.
  • There is indeed a lopsidedness to much refereeing these days whereby players can receive red cards for relatively innocuous incidents yet those that cause injury often don't receive the punishment they deserve.

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