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From Middle English wrong, from Old English wrang (wrong, twisted, uneven), from Old Norse rangr, {{non|*vrangr||crooked, wrong}}, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*wrangaz||crooked, twisted, turned awry}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*werḱ-}}, {{ine-pro|*werǵ-}}, {{ine-pro|*wrengʰ-||to twist, weave, tie together}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*wer-||to turn, bend}}. Cognate with Scots wrang (wrong), [[vrang#|vrang]] (wrong, crooked), [[vrång#|vrång]] (perverse, distorted), [[rangur#|rangur]] (wrong), [[wrang#|wrang]] (bitter, sour) and the name of the mythic Old Frisian city of Rungholt (crooked wood). More at wring.




  1. Incorrect or untrue.
    Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act II, Scene I:
      Among this princely heap, if any here / By false intelligence or wrong surmise / Hold me a foe .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
  2. Asserting something incorrect or untrue.
    You're wrong: he's not Superman at all.
  3. Immoral, not good, bad.
    It is wrong to lie.
  4. Improper; unfit; unsuitable.
    A bikini is the wrong thing to wear on a cold day.
  5. Not working; out of order.
    Something is wrong with my cellphone.
    Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong.
  6. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
  7. (Articlesobsolete) Twisted; wry.
    a wrong nose

Usage notes

  • The single-word comparative and superlative forms [[wronger#|wronger]] and [[wrongest#|wrongest]] are no longer in common use, except humorously; rather, the locutions “more wrong” and “most wrong” are preferred.
  • When [[wrong#|wrong]] is used attributively, before a noun, the noun is usually treated as definite, using the article [[the#|the]]; hence, for example, one says, “I dialed the wrong number”, “he gave the wrong answer”, and “she took the wrong approach”, even though there are many possible wrong numbers, answers, and approaches, of which only one was dialed, given, or taken.


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See also







  1. (Articlesheraldry) wreath, a ring made of two strips of cloth intertwined used on top of helmets to soften any blow


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