|Origin:||rangr 'not correct or as planned'|
wrong1 S1 W1
not correct, and not based on true facts [≠ right]:
Your calculations must be wrong.
I think I got question 3 wrong.
it is wrong to do something
It is wrong to assume that technological advance brings a higher quality of life.
I wish you'd stop trying to prove me wrong (=show that I am wrong) all the time.
to not be right in what you think or believe about someone or something [= mistaken; ≠ right]:
No, you're wrong. Brett wouldn't do a thing like that.
I was wrong about the new guy - he's not Belgian, he's French.
That's where you're wrong! We never slept together.
used to describe a situation where there are problems, or when someone is ill or unhappy
there is something wrong/something is wrong
When he didn't come back that night, I knew that something was wrong.
Is anything wrong? You haven't said more than two words since you got here.
Dave's got something wrong with his foot.
Don't worry, there's nothing wrong.
not the one that you intended or the one that you really want [≠ right]:
not the right one
The letter was delivered to the wrong address.
driving on the wrong side of the road
You've got the wrong man. I didn't kill her.
I think we went the wrong way at that last turning.
There's no-one called Julia here. You must have the wrong number (=wrong telephone number).
not morally right or acceptable [≠ right]
not morally right
it is wrong that
It's wrong that people should have to sleep on the streets.
it is wrong to do something
We all accept that it is wrong to torture people.
We weren't doing anything wrong!
There's nothing wrong with making a profit, provided you don't cheat anyone.
not suitable for a particular purpose, situation, or person [≠ right]:
It's the wrong time of year to be planning a holiday.
Anna and I were wrong for each other in dozens of ways (=not suited for a romantic relationship with each other).
if something is wrong with a vehicle or machine, it stops working properly
There's something wrong with the car again.
➔ go wrongat wrong2 (2)
to be in the wrong order:
These two paragraphs are the wrong way round.
if something is the wrong way round, the back is where the front should be:
You've got your T-shirt on the wrong way around.
if something is the wrong way up, the top is where the bottom should be [= upside down]:
The painting was hung the wrong way up.
to be offended by a remark because you have understood it wrongly:
I like you. Don't take this the wrong way, now. I mean as a friend.
to get involved in trouble without intending to
to do something that gives someone a bad opinion of you, so that they do not like or respect you in the future:
I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of her.
to get into trouble with the police
to start a job, relationship etc badly by making a mistake that annoys people
15 British English informal
to understand a situation in completely the wrong way:
Geoff had got the wrong end of the stick, and thought I was angry with him.
to have the wrong idea about a situation so that you are unlikely to get the result you want
17 American English
to be from a poor part of a town or a poor part of society
to be older than 30 etc
➔ get out of bed on the wrong sideat bed1 (8)
used as a polite way of saying that you think what you are going to say is correct:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you say you were going to do it?
used to agree with someone:
'This government is ruining the country!' 'You're not wrong there!'
if something secret or dangerous falls into the wrong hands, it is discovered by someone who may use it to harm people