adverb \ə-ˈmis\

: in the wrong way

Full Definition of AMISS

a :  in a mistaken way :  wrongly <if you think he is guilty, you judge amiss>
b :  astray <something had gone amiss>
:  in a faulty way :  imperfectly

Examples of AMISS

  1. <I hope that my suggestion that you might be more comfortable in a larger chair was not taken amiss.>
  2. <the reenactment of the Wright Brothers' first flight went amiss when the wind died on the makeshift runway and the plane stopped short in a mud puddle>

First Known Use of AMISS

13th century



: not proper or correct

Full Definition of AMISS

:  not being in accordance with right order
:  out of place in given circumstances —usually used with a negative <a few remarks may not be amiss here>

Examples of AMISS

  1. Some of his assumptions are amiss.
  2. The doctor's examination showed that nothing was amiss.

First Known Use of AMISS

14th century


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