Definitions for wrongrɔŋ, rɒŋ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word wrong
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
not in accordance with what is morally right or good:
a wrong deed.
deviating from truth or fact; erroneous:
a wrong answer.
not correct in action, judgment, opinion, etc., as a person; in error.
not proper or usual; not in accordance with rules or practice.
out of order; awry; amiss:
Something is wrong with the machine.
not suitable or appropriate:
the wrong shoes with that dress.
of or designating the side ordinarily kept inward or under:
to wear a sweater wrong side out.
(n.)something improper or not in accordance with morality, goodness, or truth; evil.
Law. an invasion of another's right, resulting in that person's suffering or damage. a tort.
Category: Law, Sexuality
(adv.)in a wrong manner; not rightly; awry; amiss.
(v.t.)to do wrong to; treat unfairly or unjustly; harm.
to impute evil to (someone) unjustly; malign.
Idioms for wrong:
go wrong, to go amiss; fail. to pursue an immoral course; become depraved:
Bad friends caused him to go wrong.
in the wrong, to blame; in error:
to be in the wrong without admitting it.
Origin of wrong:
bef. 1100; ME wrong, wrang, late OE wrang < Scand; cf. Dan vrang wrong, ON rangr awry; akin to wring
that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
"he feels that you are in the wrong"
wrong, legal injury, damage(adj)
any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
"an incorrect calculation"; "the report in the paper is wrong"; "your information is wrong"; "the clock showed the wrong time"; "found themselves on the wrong road"; "based on the wrong assumptions"
contrary to conscience or morality or law
"it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
"said all the wrong things"
amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)(adj)
not functioning properly
"something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"
based on or acting or judging in error
"it is wrong to think that way"
not in accord with established usage or procedure
"the wrong medicine"; "the wrong way to shuck clams"; "it is incorrect for a policeman to accept gifts"
used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward
"socks worn wrong side out"
ill-timed, unseasonable, untimely, wrong(adj)
"an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was the wrong moment for a joke"
faulty, incorrect, wrong(verb)
characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules
"he submitted a faulty report"; "an incorrect transcription"; the wrong side of the road"
treat unjustly; do wrong to
incorrectly, wrongly, wrong(adverb)
in an inaccurate manner
"he decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly"; "she guessed wrong"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the wrong answer; We took a wrong turn.
not right, appropriate, or working correctly
What's wrong Kay? You look terrible.; the wrong cartridge for my printer; I think there's something wrong with this camera.; It's the wrong school for a shy kid like him.
not morally acceptable
It was wrong of him to take the money.; He thinks there's nothing wrong with swimming naked.
to start a relationship badly
We just got off on the wrong foot.
in an incorrect way
It's a word everyone pronounces wrong.; I got two answers wrong.; Uh-oh, I think we did it wrong.
to fail or stop working
Something went wrong and the machine stopped.
morally unacceptable behavior
the difference between right and wrong
being the person who did sth wrong
She refused to admit that she was in the wrong.
Something that is immoral or not good.
Injustice is a heinous wrong.
An instance of wronging someone (sometimes with possessive to indicate the victim).
Can she excuse my wrongs with Virtue's cloak? Shall I call her good when she proves unkind? --John Dowland
The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.
The opposite of right; the concept of badness.
To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.
In a way that isn't right; done incorrectly; wrongly.
I spelled several names wrong in my address book.
Incorrect or untrue.
Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong.
Asserting something incorrect or untrue.
You're wrong: he's not Superman at all.
Immoral, not good, bad.
It is wrong to lie.
Improper; unfit; unsuitable.
A bikini is the wrong thing to wear on a cold day.
Not working; out of order.
Something is wrong with my cellphone.
Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth
Origin: From wrong, from wrang, of origin, from rangr, *, from wrangaz, from werḱ-, from . Cognate with wrang, vrang, vrång, rangur, wrang and the name of the mythic city of Rungholt. More at wring.
imp. of Wring. Wrung
twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose
not according to the laws of good morals, whether divine or human; not suitable to the highest and best end; not morally right; deviating from rectitude or duty; not just or equitable; not true; not legal; as, a wrong practice; wrong ideas; wrong inclinations and desires
not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable; improper; incorrect; as, to hold a book with the wrong end uppermost; to take the wrong way
not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement
designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth
in a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly
that which is not right
nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral right
deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error; as, to be in the wrong
whatever deviates from moral rectitude; usually, an act that involves evil consequences, as one which inflicts injury on a person; any injury done to, or received from; another; a trespass; a violation of right
to treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm to; to deal unjustly with; to injure
to impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me
A wrong is a concept in law, ethics and epistemology. In a colloquial sense, wrongness usually refers to a state of incorrectness, inaccuracy, error, or miscalculation in any number of contexts.
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Rank popularity for the word 'wrong' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #766
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wrong' in Written Corpus Frequency: #356
Rank popularity for the word 'wrong' in Adjectives Frequency: #76
Translations for wrong
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
having an error or mistake(s); incorrect
The child gave the wrong answer; We went in the wrong direction.
- خاطِئ، غَيْر صَحيحArabic
- erradoPortuguese (BR)
- λαθεμένος, λάθοςGreek
- equivocado, erróneo, incorrectoSpanish
- kriv, pogrešnaCroatian
- helytelen, rosszHungarian
- nepareizs; aplamsLatvian
- galt, uriktigNorwegian
- błędny, niewłaściwyPolish
- غلط، ګرم، ملامت، وران، ناوړه، نامناسبه: زړه نه منونكى: اړولىPashto
- fel, felaktigSwedish
- 錯誤的Chinese (Trad.)
- بگڑا ہوا یا خرابUrdu
- 错误的Chinese (Simp.)
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