Wrong meaning

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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.

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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.

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Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper.

Said the wrong thing.

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Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous.

A wrong answer.

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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.

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Designating the side, as of a garment, that is less finished and not intended to show.

Socks worn wrong side out.

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Not required, intended, or wanted.

Took a wrong turn.

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Not in accord with established usage, method, or procedure.

The wrong way to shuck clams.

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Not functioning properly; amiss.

What is wrong with the TV?

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In a wrong manner; mistakenly or erroneously.

Answered wrong.

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In a wrong course or direction.

Turned wrong at the crossroads.

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Immorally or unjustly.

She acted wrong in lying.

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To treat (someone) unjustly or injuriously.
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To discredit unjustly; malign.
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Not in accordance with justice, law, morality, etc.; unlawful, immoral, or improper.
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Not in accordance with an established standard, previous arrangement, given intention, etc.

The wrong method, arrived at the wrong time.

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Not suitable or appropriate.

The wrong thing to say.

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Unsatisfactory; in a bad state or condition.
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Not functioning properly; out of order.

Something wrong with her eyes.

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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.

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In a wrong manner, direction, etc.; so as to be wrong; incorrectly; amiss.
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That which is not right, or not just, proper, correct, etc.; esp., an unjust or immoral act.
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A violation or invasion of a legal right; injurious act, as a tort.
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To treat badly or unjustly; do wrong to; injure.
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To think badly of without real justification.
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To malign; dishonor.
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To seduce (a woman)
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A violation of another person’s legal rights; an illegal act.
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To violate another person’s rights or to do harm. See also tort.
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Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong.

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Asserting something incorrect or untrue.

You're wrong: he's not Superman at all.

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Immoral, not good, bad.

It is wrong to lie.

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A bikini is the wrong thing to wear on a cold day.

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Not working; out of order.

Something is wrong with my cellphone.

Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong.

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Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
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(informal) In a way that isn't right; done incorrectly; wrongly.

I spelled several names wrong in my address book.

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Something that is immoral or not good.

Injustice is a heinous wrong.

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An instance of wronging someone (sometimes with possessive to indicate the wrongdoer).
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The opposite of right; the concept of badness.
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To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
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To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
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To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.
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do (someone) wrong
  • To be unfaithful or disloyal.
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go wrong
  • To go amiss; turn out badly:.
    What went wrong with their business?.
  • To make a mistake or mistakes:.
    Parents wondering where they went wrong raising their child.
  • To behave immorally after a period of innocence or moral behavior:.
    A young man who went wrong.
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get someone in wrong
  • To bring someone into disfavor.
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get someone (or something) wrong
  • To fail to understand someone (or something) properly.
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go wrong
  • To turn out badly.
  • To change from good behavior to bad; go astray.
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in the wrong
  • Not on the side supported by truth, justice, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do (someone) wrong
get someone in wrong
get someone (or something) wrong

Origin of wrong

  • Middle English of Scandinavian origin wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 *werḱ-, *werǵ-, *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.

    From Wiktionary