Wrong vs. Wrongly - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Incorrect or untrue.

    "Some of your answers were correct, and some were wrong."

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Asserting something incorrect or untrue.

    "You're wrong: he's not Superman at all."

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Immoral, not good, bad.

    "It is wrong to lie."

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Improper; unfit; unsuitable.

    "A bikini is the wrong thing to wear on a cold day."

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Not working; out of order.

    "Something is wrong with my cellphone."

    "Don't cry, honey. Tell me what's wrong."

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Twisted; wry.

    "a wrong nose"

  • Wrong (adverb)

    In a way that isn't right; incorrectly, wrongly.

    "I spelled several names wrong in my address book."

  • Wrong (noun)

    Something that is immoral or not good.

    "Injustice is a heinous wrong."

  • Wrong (noun)

    An instance of wronging someone (sometimes with possessive to indicate the wrongdoer).

  • Wrong (noun)

    The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.

  • Wrong (noun)

    The opposite of right; the concept of badness.

  • Wrong (verb)

    To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.

  • Wrong (verb)

    To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.

  • Wrong (verb)

    To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    In an unfair or immoral manner; unjustly.

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    Incorrectly; by error.

    "I wrongly assumed that it would be an easy job."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not correct or true; incorrect

    "that is the wrong answer"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    having judged incorrectly; mistaken

    "I was wrong about him being on the yacht that evening"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    unsuitable or undesirable

    "the doctor may regard the patient's decision as wrong"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    in a bad or abnormal condition; amiss

    "something was wrong with the pump"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    unjust, dishonest, or immoral

    "they were wrong to take the law into their own hands"

    "that was wrong of me"

  • Wrong (adverb)

    in an unsuitable or undesirable manner or direction

    "what am I doing wrong?"

  • Wrong (adverb)

    with an incorrect result

    "she guessed wrong"

  • Wrong (noun)

    an unjust, dishonest, or immoral act

    "I have done you a great wrong"

    "I was trying to teach my children right from wrong"

  • Wrong (verb)

    act unjustly or dishonestly towards

    "they would kill a man who wronged a family"

  • Wrong (verb)

    mistakenly attribute bad motives to; misrepresent

    "perhaps I wrong him"

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    in a way that is incorrect or mistaken

    "my name is spelled wrongly"

    "wrongly interpreted results"

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    in an unjust, dishonest, or immoral way

    "one who admitted acting wrongly was subsequently fired"

    "Henry wrongly claimed £39,000 of taxpayers' money"

Webster Dictionary

  • Wrong

    imp. of Wring. Wrung.

  • Wrong

    To treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm to; to deal unjustly with; to injure.

  • Wrong

    To impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Not according to the laws of good morals, whether divine or human; not suitable to the highest and best end; not morally right; deviating from rectitude or duty; not just or equitable; not true; not legal; as, a wrong practice; wrong ideas; wrong inclinations and desires.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable; improper; incorrect; as, to hold a book with the wrong end uppermost; to take the wrong way.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement.

  • Wrong (adjective)

    Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.

  • Wrong (adverb)

    In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly.

  • Wrong (noun)

    That which is not right.

  • Wrong (noun)

    Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error; as, to be in the wrong.

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    In a wrong manner; unjustly; erroneously; wrong; amiss; as, he judges wrongly of my motives.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Wrong (noun)

    that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law;

    "he feels that you are in the wrong"

  • Wrong (noun)

    a legal injury is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right

  • Wrong (verb)

    treat unjustly; do wrong to

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth;

    "an incorrect calculation"

    "the report in the paper is wrong"

    "your information is wrong"

    "the clock showed the wrong time"

    "found themselves on the wrong road"

    "based on the wrong assumptions"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    contrary to conscience or morality or law;

    "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"

    "cheating is wrong"

    "it is wrong to lie"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion;

    "unsuitable attire for the office"

    "said all the wrong things"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not functioning properly;

    "something is amiss"

    "has gone completely haywire"

    "something is wrong with the engine"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not according with the facts;

    "unfortunately the statement was simply untrue"

    "the facts as reported were wrong"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    based on or acting or judging in error;

    "it is wrong to think that way"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not in accord with established usage or procedure;

    "the wrong medicine"

    "the wrong way to shuck clams"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    not conforming with accepted standards of propriety or taste; undesirable;

    "incorrect behavior"

    "she was seen in all the wrong places"

    "He thought it was wrong for her to go out to work"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward;

    "socks worn wrong side out"

  • Wrong (adjective)

    badly timed;

    "an ill-timed intervention"

    "you think my intrusion unseasonable"

    "an untimely remark"

    "it was the wrong moment for a joke"

  • Wrong (adverb)

    in an incorrect manner;

    "she guessed wrong"

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    without justice or fairness;

    "wouldst not play false and yet would wrongly win"

  • Wrongly (adverb)

    in an incorrect manner;

    "she guessed wrong"

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