amiss

adverb
\ ə-ˈmis How to pronounce amiss (audio) \

Definition of amiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : in a mistaken way : wrongly If you think he is guilty, you judge amiss.
b : astray Something had gone amiss.
2 : in a faulty way : imperfectly practiced more so as not to play the piece amiss

amiss

adjective

Definition of amiss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not being in accordance with right order
2 : faulty, imperfect There's nothing/something amiss with the engine.
3 : out of place in given circumstances usually used with a negative A few remarks may not be amiss here.

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Examples of amiss in a Sentence

Adverb

I hope that my suggestion that you might be more comfortable in a larger chair was not taken amiss. 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

Adjective

Some of his assumptions are amiss. The doctor's examination showed that nothing was amiss.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This connectivity can provide a sense of brain organization, and there's a growing body of evidence that this organization goes amiss in those with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Inflammation is bad, including for those in the womb," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

However, the process didn't go according to plan: Pilots noticed something was amiss with the overhead compartments after the retrofitting. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "American Airlines Grounded 14 Planes For Overhead Bin Issues—But a Union Official Says There's More to It," 8 Mar. 2019 Journal Report More in Wealth Management Something seems to be amiss with your appointment or how you were billed. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "How Big Must Your Nest Egg Be?," 10 Feb. 2019 By the second week of school last fall, Kandy Escotto knew something was amiss with her 5-year-old. Colleen Wright, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a "loser"," 5 July 2018 By the second week of school last fall, Kandy Escotto knew something was amiss with her 5-year-old. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a "loser"," 5 July 2018 On this December night, like every night, Gina searches for sore spots and ticks, her fingers feeling for anything that might be amiss with her beloved dog. Amy Sutherland, BostonGlobe.com, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 12 June 2018 Convinced that something's amiss with her death, Saxon confronts his father Leonard (Peter McRobbie), a recovering alcoholic turned preacher. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Surly characters make 'Juggernaut' a tough sit," 8 Mar. 2018 The first indication that something is amiss with that position is that the NLRA was limited to industrial unions when it was enacted in 1935—and for good reason. Richard A. Epstein, Newsweek, "Is the Supreme Court About to Hobble Labor Unions?," 23 Feb. 2018 But the chairman and chief executive of Surf Air, based in Santa Monica, can’t completely dismiss the sense that something is amiss at the 5-year-old carrier. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Surf Air faces lawsuit, tax liens," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of amiss

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amiss

Adverb

see miss entry 1

Adjective

see miss entry 1

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amiss

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of amiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the wrong way

amiss

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of amiss (Entry 2 of 2)

: not proper or correct

amiss

adverb
\ ə-ˈmis\

Kids Definition of amiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the wrong way Don't take his criticism amiss.

amiss

adjective

Kids Definition of amiss (Entry 2 of 2)

: not right : wrong I feel certain something is amiss.

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