Meaning of WRONG in English


/ rɒŋ; NAmE rɔːŋ/ adjective , adverb , noun , verb

■ adjective



not right or correct :

I got all the answers wrong.

He was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Sorry, I must have dialled the wrong number.

You're holding the camera the wrong way up !

That picture is the wrong way round .

OPP right


[ not before noun ] wrong (about sth/sb) | wrong (to do sth) ( of a person ) not right about sth/sb

SYN mistaken :

I think she lives at number 44, but I could be wrong.

You were wrong about Tom; he's not married after all.

We were wrong to assume that she'd agree.

She would prove him wrong (= prove that he was wrong) whatever happened.

( informal )

You think you've beaten me but that's where you're wrong .

( informal )

Correct me if I'm wrong (= I may be wrong) but didn't you say you two knew each other?



[ not before noun ] wrong (with sb/sth) causing problems or difficulties; not as it should be :

Is anything wrong ? You look worried.

' What's wrong ?' 'Oh, nothing.'

There's something wrong with the printer.

The doctor could find nothing wrong with him.

I have something wrong with my foot.



[ usually before noun ] wrong (sth) (for sth) | wrong (sth to do) not suitable, right or what you need :

He's the wrong person for the job.

I realized that it was the wrong thing to say.

We don't want this document falling into the wrong hands .

It was his bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (= so that he got involved in trouble without intending to) .



[ not usually before noun ] wrong (of / for sb) (to do sth) not morally right or honest :

This man has done nothing wrong .

It is wrong to tell lies.

It was wrong of me to get so angry.

What's wrong with eating meat?

►  wrong·ness noun [ U ] ( formal )


- from / on the wrong side of the tracks

- get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

- on the wrong side of the law

- take sth the wrong way

—more at back verb , bark verb , bed noun , far adverb , foot noun , note noun , rub verb , side noun , track noun

■ adverb

(used after verbs) in a way that produces a result that is not correct or that you do not want :

My name is spelt wrong.

The program won't load. What am I doing wrong ?

I was trying to apologize but it came out wrong (= what I said sounded wrong) .

'I thought you were going out.' 'Well you must have thought wrong , then!'

OPP right


- get sb wrong

- get sth wrong

- go wrong

- you can't go wrong (with sth)

—more at foot noun

■ noun


[ U ] behaviour that is not honest or morally acceptable :

Children must be taught the difference between right and wrong.

Her son can do no wrong in her eyes.


[ C ] ( formal ) an act that is not legal, honest or morally acceptable :

It is time to forgive past wrongs if progress is to be made.

OPP right


- in the wrong

- two wrongs don't make a right

—more at right verb

■ verb

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] ( formal ) to treat sb badly or in an unfair way :

He felt deeply wronged by the allegations.




false ♦ mistaken ♦ incorrect ♦ inaccurate ♦ misguided ♦ untrue

These words all describe sth that is not right or correct, or sb who is not right about sth.


not right or correct; (of a person) not right about sb / sth:

I got all the answers wrong.

We were wrong to assume she'd agree.


not true or correct; wrong because it is based on sth that is not true or correct:

A whale is a fish. True or false?

She gave false information to the insurance company.


wrong in your opinion or judgement; based on a wrong opinion or bad judgement:

You're completely mistaken about Jane.


( rather formal ) wrong according to the facts; containing mistakes:

Many of the figures were incorrect.


wrong according to the facts; containing mistakes:

The report was badly researched and quite inaccurate.

incorrect or inaccurate?

A fact, figure or spelling that is wrong is incorrect ; information, a belief or a description based on incorrect facts can be incorrect or inaccurate ; something that is produced, such as a film, report or map, that contains incorrect facts is inaccurate .


wrong because you have understood or judged a situation badly:

In her misguided attempts to help, she only made the situation worse.


not based on facts, but invented or guessed:

These accusations are totally untrue.


be wrong / mistaken about sth

to prove wrong / false / mistaken / incorrect / inaccurate / misguided / untrue

wrong / false / mistaken / incorrect / inaccurate / untrue information

a(n) false / mistaken / incorrect / inaccurate / misguided belief

a(n) wrong/ incorrect answer

absolutely / completely / totally / quite wrong / false / mistaken / incorrect / inaccurate / misguided / untrue

It is / would be wrong / false / incorrect / inaccurate / untrue to say...



wrong / wrongly / wrongfully

In informal language wrong can be used as an adverb instead of wrongly , when it means 'incorrectly' and comes after a

verb or its object:

My name was spelled wrong.

I'm afraid you guessed wrong.

Wrongly is used before a past participle or a that clause:

My name was wrongly spelt.

She guessed wrongly that he was a teacher.

Wrongfully is usually used in a formal legal situation with words like convicted, dismissed and imprisoned.



late Old English wrang , from Old Norse rangr awry, unjust; related to wring .

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