- an invasion of another's right, to his damage.
- a tort.
verb (used with object)
- to go amiss; fail: Everything is going wrong today.
- to pursue an immoral course; become depraved: Bad friends caused him to go wrong.
Origin of wrong
Related formswrong·er, nounwrong·ly, adverbwrong·ness, nounqua·si-wrong, adjective
Can be confusedwrong wrongful
British Dictionary definitions for go wrong
- to turn out other than intended
- to make a mistake
- (of a machine, etc) to cease to function properly
- to go astray morally
- to fail to understand properly
- to fail to provide the correct answer to
- an infringement of another person's rights, rendering the offender liable to a civil action, as for breach of contract or torta private wrong
- a violation of public rights and duties, affecting the community as a whole and actionable at the instance of the Crowna public wrong
Derived Formswronger, nounwrongly, adverbwrongness, noun
Word Origin for wrong
Idioms and Phrases with go wrong (1 of 2)
Go astray, make a mistake. For example, We made a left turn and somehow went wrong from then on, or You won't go wrong if you follow the directions in the dress pattern. [c. 1300]
Take to evil ways, become a criminal, as in As soon as he turned thirteen, Billy fell in with a gang and began to go wrong. [c. 1500]
Fail, turn out badly, as in Everything about this party has gone wrong. [Late 1500s]
Fail to work properly, as in The car starts fine, but as soon as you put it in gear, the transmission goes wrong. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with go wrong (2 of 2)
see back the wrong horse; bark up the wrong tree; do someone wrong; get someone wrong; get up on the wrong side of bed; go wrong; in the wrong; on the right (wrong) foot; on the right (wrong) tack; right (wrong) side of the tracks; rub the wrong way; take the wrong way; two wrongs do not make a right.