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Meaning of wrong by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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-, *wrengʰ- ( “to twist, weave, tie together” ), from Proto-Indo-European base *wer- ( “to turn, bend” ). Cognate with Scots wrang ( “wrong” ), Danish vrang ( “wrong, crooked” ), Swedish vrång ( “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 .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ɹɒŋ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɹɔŋ/, /ɹɑŋ/
    • Rhymes: -ɒŋ


    wrong ( comparative more wrong or wronger, superlative most wrong or wrongest )

    1. Incorrect or untrue .
      Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong .
    2. Asserting something incorrect or untrue .
      You're wrong: he's not Superman at all .
    3. Immoral, not good, bad .
      It is wrong to lie .
    4. Improper; unfit; unsuitable .
      A bikini is the wrong thing to wear on a cold day .
    5. Not working; out of order .
      Something is wrong with my cellphone .
    6. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth

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    wrong ( comparative more wrong, superlative most wrong )

    1. ( informal ) In a way that isn't right; done incorrectly; wrongly .
      I spelled several names wrong in my address book .


    wrong ( plural: wrongs )

    1. Something that is immoral or not good .
      Injustice is a heinous wrong .
    2. 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
    3. The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.
    4. The opposite of right; the concept of badness.



    wrong ( third-person singular simple present wrongs present participle wronging, simple past and past participle wronged )

    1. To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
    2. To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
    3. To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.

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Explanation of wrong by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. treat unjustly

    1. in an inaccurate manner

    2. she guessed wrong
    1. characterized by errors

    2. the wrong side of the road
    3. not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

    4. said all the wrong things
    5. not correct

    6. 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
    7. based on or acting or judging in error

    8. it is wrong to think that way
    9. not functioning properly

    10. something is wrong with the engine
    11. badly timed

    12. it was the wrong moment for a joke
    13. used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward

    14. socks worn wrong side out
    15. not in accord with established usage or procedure

    16. the wrong medicine
      the wrong way to shuck clams
    17. contrary to conscience or morality or law

    18. it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor
      cheating is wrong
      it is wrong to lie
    1. any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right

    2. that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law

    3. he feels that you are in the wrong

    Definition of wrong by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Wrong obs. imp. of Wring. Wrung. Chaucer.

    2. Wrong ( ?; 115 ), a. [OE. wrong, wrang, a. & n., AS. wrang, n.; originally, awry, wrung, fr. wringan to wring; akin to D. wrang bitter, Dan. vrang wrong, Sw. vrång, Icel. rangr awry, wrong. See Wring.]

      1. Twisted; wry; as, “a wrong nose”. [Obs.] Wyclif ( Lev. xxi. 19 ).

      2. 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.”

      3. 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.”

      I have deceived you both; I have directed you to wrong places. Shak.

      4. Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, “a wrong statement”.

      5. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, “the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth”.

      Syn. -- Injurious; unjust; faulty; detrimental; incorrect; erroneous; unfit; unsuitable.

    3. Wrong, adv. In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly.

      Ten censure wrong for one that writes amiss. Pope.

    4. Wrong, n. [AS. wrang. See Wrong, a.] That which is not right. Specifically: Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral right.

      When I had wrong and she the right. Chaucer.

      One spake much of right and wrong. Milton.

      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.

      Friend, I do thee no wrong. Matt. xx. 18.

      As the king of England can do no wrong, so neither can he do right but in his courts and by his courts. Milton.

      The obligation to redress a wrong is at least as binding as that of paying a debt. E. Evereth.

      ☞ Wrongs, legally, are private or public. Private wrongs are civil injuries, immediately affecting individuals; public wrongs are crimes and misdemeanors which affect the community. Blackstone.

    5. Wrong ( ?; 115 ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wronged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wronging.]

      1. 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.

      He that sinneth . . . wrongeth his own soul. Prov. viii. 36.

      2. To impute evil to unjustly; as, “if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me”.

      I rather choose

      To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,

      Than I will wrong such honorable men. Shak.