wrong

/ˈrɑːŋ/

  • not agreeing with the facts or truth
    1. the wrong answer
    2. Their conclusion was wrong.
    3. I don't want you to get the wrong impression of him.
    4. Don't take/interpret this the wrong way, but I think you should start exercising.
    5. Are my actions sending the wrong message?
    6. These pages are in the wrong order.
    7. I don't understand how I got the answer wrong. [=I do not understand how I did not know the right answer]
    8. I got four answers wrong on the test.
    9. I think you have dialed the wrong number. [=an incorrect telephone number]
  • speaking, acting, or judging in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth
    1. You're wrong; the answer is six.
    2. You like baseball, or am I wrong?
    3. Am I wrong in thinking that she should never have gone?
    4. I think her birthday is May 11th, but I could be wrong.
    5. He thinks I can't win, but I'm going to prove him wrong.
    6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't tomorrow your birthday?
    7. I was wrong [=mistaken] about the price. It actually costs $30, not $20.
    8. It is wrong to assume that you will be safe if you do that.
  • not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose, situation, or person
    1. These shoes are the wrong size.
    2. If you're looking to me for advice on love, then you're asking the wrong guy.
    3. That was the wrong thing to say/do.
    4. He picked the wrong time to bring up his salary.
    5. He was the wrong person for the job.
    6. I made the wrong decision.
    7. We got married for the wrong reasons.
    8. It would be wrong of me to pressure you into saying yes.
    9. There is nothing wrong with being quiet.
    10. We headed off in the wrong direction and got lost.
    11. The singer hit a wrong note.
    12. She bought the wrong kind of rice.
    13. He accidentally pressed the wrong button.
    14. They decided that they were wrong for each other and broke up.
    15. You are doing it the wrong way.
    16. It's not his fault that he was injured. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • not in a proper, good, or normal state or condition
    1. What's wrong? You look unhappy.
    2. She knew something was wrong when her friend didn't show up for dinner.
    3. There's something wrong with my computer. [=my computer is not working properly]
    4. Nothing is wrong with your car. [=your car is working properly]
    5. What's wrong with your shoulder? Did you hurt yourself?
  • not morally or socially correct or acceptable
    1. Stealing is wrong.
    2. I swear I didn't do anything wrong!
    3. It was wrong of me to accuse you, and I'm sorry.
    4. It is wrong to take other people's things without their permission.
    5. There's nothing wrong with standing up for yourself.
  • in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth
    1. I guessed wrong. [=incorrectly]
    2. I entered the numbers wrong.
    3. Her name was spelled wrong on the form.
  • in a way that is not suitable, proper, etc.
    1. You are doing it wrong. [=incorrectly]
    2. I can't get this to work; could you show me what I did wrong?
  • to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly
    1. She got the instructions wrong.
    2. Don't get me wrong —I like his parents. They're just a little too strict.
    3. You've got it all wrong! [=you have misunderstood the situation completely]
  • to happen or proceed in a way that causes a bad result
    1. We have to figure out what went wrong with the experiment.
    2. Everything is going wrong for me today.
    3. When she didn't come back, we feared that something had gone horribly wrong. [=that something very bad had happened]
    4. What could possibly go wrong?
  • to make a mistake
    1. I followed the instructions to the letter and the computer still doesn't work. Where did I go wrong?
    2. “I don't know what to order.” “You can't go wrong with their clam chowder.” [=their clam chowder is always a good choice]
  • Noun
  • behavior that is not morally good or correct
    1. People who do wrong [=do bad things] should be punished.
    2. He's old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. = He's old enough to know right from wrong.
    3. He is regarded as a hero who can do no wrong. [=who never does anything bad]
  • a harmful, unfair, or illegal act
    1. She is seeking compensation for the wrongs that she suffered as an employee at that company.
    2. No one has the power to right all wrongs.
    3. We discussed the rights and wrongs of genetic cloning.
  • to treat (someone) badly or unfairly
    1. Her ex-boyfriend did her wrong.
  • in the position or situation of being wrong
    1. We had an argument and each of us thinks that the other was in the wrong.
  • Verb
  • to treat (someone) badly or unfairly
    1. We should forgive those who have wronged us.
    2. As the wronged party, you have the right to sue for damages.