- The definition of top-heavy is someone or something that has most of its weight at the top and is likely to fall over as a result.
A very heavy table top resting on a very small stand that can barely support the weight of the top is an example of a table that would be described as top-heavy.
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adjective top-heav·i·er, top-heav·i·est
- Likely to topple because of an uneven distribution of weight, with the majority being at the top.
- Accounting Overcapitalized.
- Having a disproportionately large number of administrators.
- topˈ-heavˌi·ness noun