wrong
Pronunciation
Adjective

wrong

  1. Incorrect or untrue.
    Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act II, Scene I:
      Among this princely heap, if any here / By false intelligence or wrong surmise / Hold me a foe […]
  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.
    Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong.
  6. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
  7. (obsolete) Twisted; wry.
    a wrong nose
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  • French: qui ne va pas
  • Portuguese: errado
  • Russian: неиспра́вный
Translations
Adverb

wrong

  1. (informal) In a way that isn't right; incorrectly, wrongly.
    I spelled several names wrong in my address book.
Translations
  • Portuguese: incorretamente, erroneamente, erradamente, errado
  • Russian: непра́вильно

Noun

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 wrongdoer).
    • 1597, John Dowland, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres, Part V
      Can she excuse my wrongs with Virtue's cloak? Shall I call her good when she proves unkind?
  3. The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, Act IV, Scene I, line 101
      I blame not her: she could say little less; She had the wrong.
  4. The opposite of right; the concept of badness.
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act IV, Scene III, line 28
      Thus much of this will make Black white, foul fair, wrong right, Base noble, old young, coward valiant.
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  • French: tort
  • Spanish: entuerto
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Verb

wrong (wrongs, present participle wronging; past and past participle wronged)

  1. To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
    The dealer wronged us by selling us this lemon of a car.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 109
      Thou dost then wrong me, as that slaughterer doth Which giveth many wounds when one will kill.
  2. To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II, Act IV, Scene I, line 121
      ... And might by no suit gain our audience. When we are wrong'd and would unfold our griefs, We are denied access unto his person Even by those men that most have done us wrong.
  3. To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene II, line 121
      O masters! if I were dispos'd to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong, Who (you all know) are honorable men. I will not do them wrong; I rather choose To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you, Than I will wrong such honorable men.
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