asymmetrical

Something asymmetrical has two sides that don't match — it's uneven or out of whack.

If you know that symmetrical means that both sides of something are identical, then it should be easy to learn that asymmetrical means the opposite: the two sides are different in some way. Asymmetrical things are irregular and crooked, and don't match up perfectly when folded in half. Drawing something perfectly symmetrical is pretty hard, so most of your creations are probably asymmetrical.

Definitions of asymmetrical
  1. adjective
    characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
    synonyms: asymmetric
    irregular
    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
    lopsided
    having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other
    noninterchangeable
    such that the terms of an expression cannot be interchanged without changing the meaning
    unsymmetric, unsymmetrical
    lacking symmetry
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    symmetric, symmetrical
    having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
    parallel
    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
    regular
    in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle
    bilateral, bilaterally symmetric, bilaterally symmetrical, isobilateral
    having identical parts on each side of an axis
    biradial
    showing both bilateral and radial symmetry
    cruciate, cruciform
    shaped like a cross
    even, regular
    symmetrically arranged
    interchangeable
    (mathematics, logic) such that the arguments or roles can be interchanged
    isosceles
    (of a triangle) having two sides of equal length
    radial, radiate, stellate
    arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center
    centrosymmetric, radially symmetrical
    having a symmetrical arrangement of radiating parts about a central point
    rhombohedral, trigonal
    having threefold symmetry
    show more antonyms...
  2. adjective
    irregular in shape or outline
    asymmetrical features”
    synonyms: crooked
    irregular
    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week