wrong

noun
\ ˈrȯŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause
b : a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another especially : tort
2 : something wrong, immoral, or unethical especially : principles, practices, or conduct contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law
3 : the state, position, or fact of being or doing wrong: such as
a : the state of being mistaken or incorrect
b : the state of being guilty

wrong

adjective
wronger\ ˈrȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce wrong (audio) \; wrongest\ ˈrȯŋ-​əst How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : not according to the moral standard : sinful, immoral thought that war was wrong
2 : not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention : improper it was wrong not to thank your host
3 : not according to truth or facts : incorrect gave a wrong date
4 : not satisfactory (as in condition, results, health, or temper)
5 : not in accordance with one's needs, intent, or expectations took the wrong bus
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the side of something that is usually held to be opposite to the principal one, that is the one naturally or by design turned down, inward, or away, or that is the least finished or polished
wrong side of the tracks
: a run-down or unfashionable neighborhood

wrong

adverb

Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : without accuracy : incorrectly guessed wrong
2 : without regard for what is proper or just was reprimanded for what he had done wrong
3 : in a wrong direction turned wrong at the junction
4a : in an unsuccessful or unfortunate way something went wrong
b : out of working order or condition
5 : in a false light don't get me wrong

wrong

verb
wronged; wronging\ ˈrȯŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to do wrong to : injure, harm
b : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate
2 : defraud usually used with of wronged them of their land

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from wrong

Adjective

wrongly \ ˈrȯŋ-​lē How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ adverb
wrongness noun

Verb

wronger \ ˈrȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wrong

Noun

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights. the injustices suffered by the lower classes injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation. libel constitutes a legal injury wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice. determined to right society's wrongs grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint. a list of employee grievances

Verb

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves. a penal system that had wronged him oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform. a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering. a child persecuted by constant criticism aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights. a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

Noun any reasonable person should be expected to know the difference between right and wrong trying to right all the wrongs in the world Adjective I don't want you to get the wrong impression of him. Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you should start exercising. Are my actions sending the wrong message? These pages are in the wrong order. I got four answers wrong on the test. You're wrong; the answer is six. You like baseball, or am I wrong? Am I wrong in thinking that she should never have gone? I think her birthday is May 11th, but I could be wrong. He thinks I can't win, but I'm going to prove him wrong. Adverb I entered the numbers wrong. Her name was spelled wrong on the form. I can't get this to work; could you show me what I did wrong? Verb We should forgive those who have wronged us. As the wronged party, you have the right to sue for damages.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until then, questions of what’s right or wrong for you can’t be easily answered. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Holding out for unemployment to expire could be risky move," 3 May 2021 As written by Cain and portrayed by Hoesktra, Reeves is a Texas hick but a quick learner; tense and explosive; profane yet disciplined; disordered but aware of right and wrong. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Next Act Theatre's '9 Circles' puts a soldier and a system on trial for war crimes," 28 Apr. 2021 Peck plays Finch as a man with a deep sense of right and wrong, but also as someone capable of deep disappointment, someone who struggles with how to convey the injustice of life to his children. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the Oscars," 27 Apr. 2021 Anything that's been around since the 1860s can't be doing much wrong. CNN, "The world's 50 best foods," 13 Apr. 2021 Here’s a list of what some people are doing wrong: —You were claimed as a dependent on another person’s 2020 tax return. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "If you received stimulus payments, here’s why your tax refund might take longer," 8 Apr. 2021 As the nation remains so politically divided every argument is now treated like a war between right and wrong. Peter Suciu, Forbes, "Social Media Debate: To Pack Or Not To Pack The Supreme Court," 15 Apr. 2021 The net result is that every fair use case will be decided by the judge based on the particular facts and that judge’s predilections of right and wrong. Schuyler Moore, Forbes, "Should Hollywood Be Afraid Of Fair Use After Google V. Oracle?," 8 Apr. 2021 This is about right and wrong and the responsibility a coach has to student-athletes. BostonGlobe.com, "Duxbury High School should dismiss its football coach after anti-Semitic play calls," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective None of what Cheney said about Trump’s responsibility for January 6 is wrong. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Republican Party Is for Liars Only," 4 May 2021 Doctors denied anything was wrong and assured Aurelia that Monique was healthy. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Kerry Washington Wants You to Know Anyone — Even Kids — Can Get Skin Cancer," 3 May 2021 Fox later quietly admitted that the story was wrong, but that didn’t stop House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield from repeating it. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden never declared war on meat, but Republicans didn’t let truth ruin a good attack," 2 May 2021 Epic has filed an analyst’s estimate that Apple’s operating margins for the store were as high as 80% in fiscal 2019, an estimate Apple says is wrong. Tim Higgins And Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Epic vs. Apple Trial Features Battle Over How to Define Digital Markets," 2 May 2021 The election claim is wrong — Biden won the 2020 presidential election with 306 electoral votes, while Trump lost with 232 votes. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers," 1 May 2021 Those who pointed out the flaws apparent in Fields’ performance against Indiana were not wrong. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields sets his own lofty expectations as he begins Bears process," 30 Apr. 2021 Apple says Epic’s reading of the law is wrong because Apple’s payment processing system is part of one product: iOS. Washington Post, "Apple is going to court with Fortnite, and it could forever change how apps work," 30 Apr. 2021 Whatever; something is wrong when Bruce Willis isn’t convincing as a cop. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "20 Straight-to-VOD Bruce Willis Movies, Ranked," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb These margin requirements are adjusted daily to enable the bank to demand more cash if the trade goes wrong. New York Times, "Banks Face Billions in Losses as a Bet on ViacomCBS and Other Stocks Goes Awry," 29 Mar. 2021 But because the United States does not run on a centralized plan, those wasteful mistakes are not nearly as grand as when a whole nation’s focus goes wrong. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, "China’s Apparent Strengths Are Really Weaknesses," 18 Mar. 2021 Facebook isn’t known for looking after its users’ data, or for apologising when things go wrong. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, "Delete Facebook: How To Delete Your Account On A Browser Or iPhone," 17 Apr. 2021 The Texas market is so large — second only to California’s — and its natural gas industry is so predominant that when things go wrong there, the impacts can be felt across the country. Washington Post, "Minnesota gasps at the financial damage it faces from the Texas freeze," 21 Feb. 2021 The debacle serves as a stark example of what can go wrong in a bar setting during the pandemic, the CDC said. BostonGlobe.com, "CDC: A bar opening in Illinois leads to 46 COVID-19 cases," 5 Apr. 2021 His presentation Wednesday night was focused on how people react when things go wrong. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mental wellness resources presented at Carroll County Public Schools’ 2nd mental health seminar," 2 Apr. 2021 There is no central coordination if things go wrong for a country, and the Paris Club doesn’t cover this. Hannah Ryder, Quartz, "Two China-Africa experts on the stereotypes they’re surprised to still be unpacking," 1 Apr. 2021 In which case, the computer will combine camera footage and information from the car's sensors to draw its own conclusions—as well as alert the authorities the moment things go wrong. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "AI-Powered Automatic Crash Reconstruction Goes Live in Japan," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Until then, much could wrong, driving the economy off the proverbial rails. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Why the US economy won't gain any traction until 2021," 21 Oct. 2020 However, Reid notes that elected officials like sheriffs have little incentive to take action against poll watchers within their community, and that law enforcement is thinking about groups like the Proud Boys all wrong anyway. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "How Online Extremists Could Interfere With the Election," 20 Oct. 2020 And part of that reliability is simply because there's so little that can wrong in a car this primitive. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "1971 Fiat 124: Just Like Mom Drove," 15 Aug. 2020 Dylan McDermott and Darren Criss, features fictional characters and real-life icons, including Rock Hudson (played by Jake Picking), Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah) and Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec), whom Murphy feels were wronged. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Jim Parsons on moving far away from Sheldon Cooper in Ryan Murphy's 'Hollywood'," 4 May 2020 Suey Sing Tong elders decided that Low Sing had been wronged and demanded that the Kwong Ducks pay reparations. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "When SF police broke the law to combat Chinatown’s violent gangs," 13 Dec. 2019 But regardless of their own identities, our student journalists must be allowed — and must have the courage — to cover our community freely and unfettered by harassment each time members of the community feel they have been wronged. BostonGlobe.com, "Conservative writer Ben Shapiro.," 14 Nov. 2019 One is, does anybody feel they were wronged as a team by Houston? Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Why Greg Bird may have a real chance to overtake Ronald Guzman as Rangers’ first baseman," 19 Feb. 2020 Often, gunmen are longtime employees who feel wronged by the company or believe their work is not appreciated. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Workplace mass shootings are rare. Milwaukee rampage was the first of 2020.," 27 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wrong.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wrong

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wrong

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wrang, from *wrang, adjective, wrong

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English *wrang, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rangr awry, wrong, Danish vrang wrong side; akin to Old English wringan to wring

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wrong

Time Traveler for wrong

Time Traveler

The first known use of wrong was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wrong

Last Updated

5 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Wrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrong. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wrong

wrong

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: behavior that is not morally good or correct
: a harmful, unfair, or illegal act

wrong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

: not agreeing with the facts or truth
: speaking, acting, or judging in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth
: not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose, situation, or person

wrong

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth : in a way that results in an error
: in a way that is not suitable, proper, etc.

wrong

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

: to treat (someone) badly or unfairly

wrong

adjective
\ ˈrȯŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not the one wanted or intended I took the wrong train.
2 : not correct or true : false Your addition is wrong.
3 : not right : sinful, evil It is wrong to lie.
4 : not satisfactory : causing unhappiness You're upset. What's wrong?
5 : not suitable This coat is the wrong size.
6 : made so as to be placed down or under and not to be seen the wrong side of cloth
7 : not proper He swallowed something the wrong way.
8 : not working correctly Something's wrong with the car.

Other Words from wrong

wrongly adverb

wrong

noun

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

: something (as an idea, rule, or action) that is not right

wrong

adverb

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

: in the wrong direction, manner, or way I answered wrong.

wrong

verb
wronged; wronging

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

: to treat badly or unfairly

wrong

noun

Legal Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a violation of the rights of another especially : tort
2 : something (as conduct, practices, or qualities) contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law the difference between right and wrong

Legal Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a wrong to : treat with injustice

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wrong

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wrong

Nglish: Translation of wrong for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of wrong for Arabic Speakers

Comments on wrong

What made you want to look up wrong? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!