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Pronunciation: /rɔːŋ; rɒŋ/

Translation of wrong in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (incorrect, inappropriate) [answer] equivocado the answer is wrong la respuesta está mal or equivocada, la respuesta es incorrecta or [formal] errónea the time given in the newspaper was wrong la hora que salió en el periódico estaba mal he drew the wrong conclusion sacó una conclusión equivocada you've given me the wrong change se ha equivocado al darme el cambio the book is in the wrong place el libro no está donde debería or debiera, el libro no está en su sitio or en su lugar we've taken the wrong bus nos hemos equivocado de autobús he went in the wrong direction tomó or (especially Spain/especialmente España) cogió para dónde no debía a crumb went down the wrong way se me atragantó una miga, una miga se me fue por el otro camino [colloquial/familiar] you're in the wrong job, you should be a painter te has equivocado de oficio, deberías ser pintor this is the wrong time to mention the subject este no es (el) momento oportuno para mencionar el tema it's the wrong time of year for cherries no es época de cerezas those shoes are the wrong thing to wear esos zapatos no son los apropiados she always says the wrong thing siempre dice lo que no debe the picture is the wrong way up el cuadro está al revés I'm the wrong person to ask no soy la persona indicada para contestar esa pregunta
    Example sentences
    • The experimenter records whether that answer was correct or wrong.
    • If the answer is wrong, the computer says the same and gives the correct answer.
    • Instead of correcting the wrong bits I should have just thrown the whole analogy back at him.
    Example sentences
    • Shifting his imposing frame, his expression takes on a thunderous aspect, suggesting this is the wrong question to ask.
    • Perhaps we have, like Alice, simply been asking the wrong question.
    • A shadow seemed to pass over her face, and now it seemed that I had asked the wrong question.
    1.2 (mistaken) (predicative/predicativo) to be wrong estar* equivocado you're wrong: the answer is 62 estás equivocado: la respuesta es 62 I thought it was silver, but I was wrong creí que era plata, pero estaba en un error or me equivoqué I hope you're/I'm wrong ¡ojalá te equivoques/me equivoque! he was wrong about the date estaba equivocado respecto de la fecha I was wrong about her la había juzgado mal you were wrong in your suspicions tus sospechas eran infundadas you were wrong to assume that he would help you te equivocaste al pensar que te ayudaría
    Example sentences
    • On this appeal the Claimant contends that the Judge was wrong and should not in any event have decided the point summarily.
    • Daunting as it nonetheless was, I was quite wrong to be so awed.
    • Can all of those people in the audience be wrong and those few judges be right?
  • 2 (morally) stealing is wrong robar está mal I was wrong to abandon him hice mal en dejarlo you were wrong to shout at her like that no debiste haberle gritado así, estuviste mal en gritarle así is it so wrong to want a little happiness? ¿qué hay de malo en querer un poco de felicidad? I haven't done anything wrong no he hecho nada malo there's nothing wrong with a drink now and then tomarse una copa de vez en cuando no tiene nada de malo what's wrong with that? ¿qué hay de malo en eso?
  • 3 (amiss) (predicative/predicativo) what's wrong? ¿qué pasa? you're very quiet, is something/anything wrong? ¿estás muy callado, te pasa algo? what's wrong with you? ¿qué te pasa?, ¿qué tienes? there's something wrong with her algo le pasa there's something wrong with my elbow tengo algo en el codo something's wrong with the lock la cerradura no anda bien, algo le pasa a la cerradura there's nothing wrong with your heart su corazón está perfectamente bien I can't see anything wrong with the engine parece no haber ningún problema con el motor
    Example sentences
    • Doctors were unable to find out exactly what was wrong with Chloe and her condition remains undiagnosed.
    • Dairy products were blamed for virtually everything medically wrong with the younger generation.
    • She's seen innumerable specialists, all of whom have been baffled as to what could be wrong with her and then passing her on to someone else.


  • [answer] mal, incorrectamente they spelled my name wrong escribieron mal mi nombre I assume you're paying — well, you assume wrong imagino que pagas tú — pues estás en un error or te equivocas I did it all wrong lo hice todo mal to get sth wrong you've got your facts wrong estás mal informado you've got it wrong: she's Spanish, not French estás equivocado: es española, no francesa you've got it all wrong: we're trying to help you no has entendido nada: estamos tratando de ayudarte to get sb wrong [colloquial/familiar] I got him all wrong me equivoqué totalmente con él don't get me wrong no me malinterpretes to go wrong [machinery] estropearse, descomponerse* (Latin America/América Latina) [plans] salir* mal, fallar something's gone badly wrong with our marriage algo ha fallado por su base en nuestro matrimonio it's straight ahead, you can't go wrong siga derecho, no se puede perder or (in Spain also/en España también) no tiene pérdida follow the instructions and you won't go far wrong siga las instrucciones y no se equivocará he began to go wrong at college en la universidad empezó a ir por mal camino a nice girl gone wrong una buena chica que se ha echado a perder


  • 1.1 u and c (immoral action) mal (masculine); (injustice) injusticia (feminine) to know right from wrong saber* distinguir entre lo que está bien y lo que está mal you did wrong to tell her hiciste mal en decirle in her eyes he can do no wrong para ella, es incapaz de hacer nada malo to do sb (a) wrong (be unjust) ser* injusto con algn (treat badly) portarse mal con algn to be in the wrong estar* equivocado you know you were in the wrong tú sabes que hiciste or obraste mal to put sb in the wrong the fact that you lied puts you in the wrong el haber mentido te incrimina she only said it to put me in the wrong lo dijo solo para hacerme quedar mal two wrongs don't make a right con un error no se subsana otro 1.2 countable/numerable [Law/Derecho] agravio (masculine)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [formal] she had been wronged by her family su familia había sido muy injusta con ella you wrong him lo juzgas mal

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