Definition of wrong adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    wrong

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//rɒŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɔːŋ//
     
    Immoral
     
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    not correct
  1. 1  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. opposite right
  2. 2  [not before noun] (of a person) not right about something/somebody synonym mistaken I think she lives at number 44, but I could be wrong. wrong (about something/somebody) You were wrong about Tom; he's not married after all. wrong (to do something) 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? Synonymswrongfalse mistaken incorrect inaccurate misguided untrueThese words all describe something that is not right or correct, or somebody who is not right about something.wrong not right or correct; (of a person) not right about somebody/​something:I got all the answers wrong. We were wrong to assume she’d agree.false not true or correct; wrong because it is based on something that is not true or correct:A whale is a fish. True or false? She gave false information to the insurance company.mistaken wrong in your opinion or judgement; based on a wrong opinion or bad judgement:You’re completely mistaken about Jane.incorrect (rather formal) wrong according to the facts; containing mistakes:Many of the figures were incorrect.inaccurate 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.misguided wrong because you have understood or judged a situation badly:In her misguided attempts to help, she only made the situation worse.untrue not based on facts, but invented or guessed:These accusations are totally untrue.Patterns to be wrong/​mistaken about something wrong/​false/​mistaken/​incorrect/​inaccurate/​untrue information a(n) false/​mistaken/​incorrect/​inaccurate/​misguided belief a(n) wrong/​incorrect answer
  3. causing problems
  4. 3  [not before noun] causing problems or difficulties; not as it should be Is anything wrong? You look worried. What's wrong?’ ‘Oh, nothing.’ wrong with somebody/something There's something wrong with the printer. The doctor could find nothing wrong with him. I have something wrong with my foot.
  5. not suitable
  6. 4  [usually before noun] not suitable, right or what you need wrong (something) (for something) He's the wrong person for the job. wrong (something to do) 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).
  7. not morally right
  8. 5  [not usually before noun] not morally right or honest This man has done nothing wrong. wrong (of/for somebody) (to do something) It is wrong to tell lies. It was wrong of me to get so angry. wrong with something/with doing something What's wrong with eating meat? wrong that… It is wrong that he should not be punished for what he did. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. See related entries: Immoral
  9. Word Origin late Old English wrang, from Old Norse rangr ‘awry, unjust’; related to wring.Extra examples Don’t get me wrong= don’t misunderstand me—I’m not asking for special treatment. Everything was going wrong in my life. He got all his calculations wrong. She was able to prove him wrong. She was worried that there was something seriously wrong with her. She’s all wrong for you. She’s simply wrong for this job. The authors are just plain wrong in their assessments. The doctor could find nothing physically wrong with him. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this type of nostalgia. They weren’t far wrong with their estimate of 100 000. Things seemed to be going horribly wrong. You can’t go wrong with spaghetti—everyone likes it. You were completely wrong about Maurice. He’s not leaving. You’ve got it all wrong. I never meant to imply that you were responsible. ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Oh, nothing.’ Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t I know you? He knows that he’s done wrong. He’s the wrong person for the job. I think she lives at number 40, but I could be wrong. I’ve got something wrong with my foot. Is anything wrong? You look worried. It is wrong that she wasn’t punished for what she did. It was his bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was wrong of me to lose my temper. It’s wrong to tell lies. Paying people such low wages is simply wrong. She would prove him wrong whatever happened. That picture is the wrong way round. There’s nothing wrong with eating meat. There’s something wrong with the printer. This man has done nothing wrong. We don’t want this document falling into the wrong hands. We were wrong to assume she’d agree. What’s wrong with leading a comfortable life? You think you’ve beaten me, but that’s where you’re wrong. You were wrong about Tom—he’s not married after all. You’re holding the camera the wrong way up. You’re not far wrong when you say he’s the richest guy in town. the wrong way aroundIdioms (British English) to support somebody/something that is not successful
    be barking up the wrong tree
     
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    (informal) to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve something You're barking up the wrong tree if you're expecting us to lend you any money.
    from/on the wrong side of the tracks
     
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    from or living in a poor area or part of town
    get/start off on the right/wrong foot (with somebody)
     
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    (informal) to start a relationship well/badly I seem to have got off on the wrong foot with the new boss.
    get on the right/wrong side of somebody
     
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    to make somebody pleased with you/annoyed with you
    get out of bed on the wrong side(British English)(North American English get up on the wrong side of the bed)
     
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    to be bad-tempered for the whole day for no particular reason
    get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick
     
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    (British English, informal) to understand something in the wrong way
    hit/strike the right/wrong note
     
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    (especially British English) to do, say or write something that is suitable/not suitable for a particular occasion It is a bizarre tale and the author hits just the right note of horror and disbelief.
    (informal) almost correct Your guess wasn't far out at all.
    on the right/wrong side of 40, 50, etc.
     
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    (informal) younger or older than 40, 50, etc. years of age
    on the right/wrong track
     
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    thinking or behaving in the right/wrong way We haven’t found a cure yet—but we are on the right track.
    on the wrong side of the law
     
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    in trouble with the police
    rub somebody up the wrong way(British English)(North American English rub somebody the wrong way)
     
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    (informal) to make somebody annoyed or angry, often without intending to, by doing or saying something that offends them She tends to rub people up the wrong way. See related entries: Anger
    take something the wrong way
     
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    to be offended by a remark that was not intended to be offensive She always takes things the wrong way.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wrong