wrong Definition

  • 1not correct or true
  • 2unjust, dishonest, or immoral
  • 3not in accordance with the law or accepted standards of morality

Using wrong: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wrong" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    You have the wrong number.

  • Example

    That's the wrong answer.

  • Example

    It's wrong to lie.

  • Example

    The judge ruled that their actions were morally wrong.

wrong Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using wrong

  • to do something that makes someone angry or upset with you


    If you keep interrupting her, you'll get on the wrong side of the teacher.

  • bark up the wrong tree

    to pursue a mistaken or misguided course of action


    If you think I'm the one who stole your phone, you're barking up the wrong tree.

  • two wrongs don't make a right

    it is not acceptable to respond to a wrong or injustice by committing another wrong or injustice


    Just because he cheated on you doesn't mean you should cheat on him. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Phrases with wrong

  • to make a mistake or error


    I got the date wrong and missed the meeting.

  • to fail or turn out badly


    Something went wrong with the experiment and it didn't produce the expected results.

  • being mistaken or incorrect


    I thought he was in the wrong, but it turns out I was mistaken.


Summary: wrong in Brief

The term 'wrong' [rɒŋ] refers to something that is not correct, true, or in accordance with accepted standards of morality. It can describe an incorrect answer or a dishonest action, as in 'It's wrong to lie.' The phrase 'get something wrong' means to make a mistake, while 'go wrong' means to fail or turn out badly. Idioms like 'bark up the wrong tree' warn against pursuing a mistaken course of action.

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