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.
When you do something bad to a friend, this is an example of a situation where you have done a wrong to a friend.
Said the wrong thing.
A wrong answer.
When you improperly accuse your honest neighbor of being a liar, this is an example of a situation where you wrong your neighbor.
Socks worn wrong side out.
Took a wrong turn.
The wrong way to shuck clams.
What is wrong with the TV?
Turned wrong at the crossroads.
She acted wrong in lying.
The wrong method, arrived at the wrong time.
The wrong thing to say.
Something wrong with her eyes.
The wrong side of a fabric.
Something is wrong with my cellphone.
Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong.
- To be unfaithful or disloyal.
- 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.
- To bring someone into disfavor.
- To fail to understand someone (or something) properly.
- To turn out badly.
- To change from good behavior to bad; go astray.
- Not on the side supported by truth, justice, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 *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.