- Wrong describes something that is unlawful, improper, immoral or incorrect.
- When you lie to your friends, this is an example of behavior that would be described as wrong.
- When you wear a red sweater when you meant to wear a blue one, this is an example of a situation where you wear the wrong sweater.
- When the car battery stops working, this is an example of a situation where there is something wrong with the battery.
- When you make a mistake or error, this is an example of a situation where you do something wrong.
- The definition of a wrong is something that is not correct, legal or moral.
When you do something bad to a friend, this is an example of a situation where you have done a wrong to a friend.
- To wrong is to act improperly towards someone or to improperly accuse someone of something bad.
When you improperly accuse your honest neighbor of being a liar, this is an example of a situation where you wrong your neighbor.
- not in accordance with justice, law, morality, etc.; unlawful, immoral, or improper
- not in accordance with an established standard, previous arrangement, given intention, etc.: the wrong method, arrived at the wrong time
- not suitable or appropriate: the wrong thing to say
- contrary to fact, reason, some set standard, etc.; incorrect; inaccurate; false
- acting, judging, believing, etc. incorrectly; mistaken
- unsatisfactory; in a bad state or condition
- not functioning properly; out of order: something wrong with her eyes
- designating the side, surface, etc. that is not meant to be seen; designating the unfinished, inner, or under side: the wrong side of a fabric
Origin of wrongME, crooked, twisted, wrong from Old English wrang from Old Norse rangr, wrangr, wrong, twisted: for Indo-European base see wring
- that which is not right, or not just, proper, correct, etc.; esp., an unjust or immoral act
- Law a violation or invasion of a legal right; injurious act, as a tort
- to treat badly or unjustly; do wrong to; injure
- to think badly of without real justification
- to malign; dishonor
- to seduce (a woman)
get someone in wrong
get someone (or something) wrong
- to turn out badly
- to change from good behavior to bad; go astray
in the wrong
- Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous: a wrong answer.
- a. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law: Stealing is wrong.b. Unfair; unjust: The kids felt it was wrong when some got to go on the field trip but not others.
- Not required, intended, or wanted: took a wrong turn.
- Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper: said the wrong thing.
- Not in accord with established usage, method, or procedure: the wrong way to shuck clams.
- Not functioning properly; amiss: What is wrong with the TV?
- Designating the side, as of a garment, that is less finished and not intended to show: socks worn wrong side out.
- In a wrong manner; mistakenly or erroneously: answered wrong.
- In a wrong course or direction: turned wrong at the crossroads.
- Immorally or unjustly: She acted wrong in lying.
- a. An unjust, injurious, or immoral act: felt that he had been done a wrong.b. That which is unjust, immoral, or improper: doesn't seem to know right from wrong.c. The condition of being in error or at fault: I hate being in the wrong.
- a. An invasion or a violation of another's legal rights.b. Law A tort.
transitive verbwronged, wrong·ing, wrongs
- To treat (someone) unjustly or injuriously.
- To discredit unjustly; malign: “those whom he had wronged with his bitter pen” ( Evan I. Schwartz )
Origin of wrongMiddle English of Scandinavian origin ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more wrong or wronger, superlative most wrong or wrongest)
- 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.
- Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong.
- Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
- The single-word comparative and superlative forms wronger and wrongest are no longer in common use, except humorously; rather, the locutions “more wrong" and “most wrong" are preferred.
- When wrong is used attributively, before a noun, the noun is usually treated as definite, using the article the; hence, for example, one says, “I dialed the wrong number", “he gave the wrong answer", and “she took the wrong approach", even though there are many possible wrong numbers, answers, and approaches, of which only one was dialed, given, or taken.
(comparative more wrong, superlative most wrong)
(third-person singular simple present wrongs, present participle wronging, simple past and past participle wronged)
From Middle English wrong, from Old English wrang (“wrong, twisted, uneven"), from Old Norse rangr, *wrangr (“crooked, wrong"), from Proto-Germanic *wrangaz (“crooked, twisted, turned awry"), from Proto-Indo-European *werá¸±-, *werÇµ-, *wrengÊ°- (“to twist, weave, tie together"), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Scots wrang (“wrong"), Danish vrang (“wrong, crooked"), Swedish vrÃ¥ng (“perverse, distorted"), Icelandic rangur (“wrong"), Dutch wrang (“bitter, sour") and the name of the mythic Old Frisian city of Rungholt (“crooked wood"). More at wring.
wrong - Legal Definition
- A violation of another person’s legal rights; an illegal act.
- To violate another person’s rights or to do harm. See also tort.