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 The whole incident -- from realizing something was going amiss to hitting the water -- only lasted one or two minutes. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Two people rescued after plane hits the water in California's Half Moon Bay," 21 Aug. 2019 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 That was Finney-Smith’s first sign something was amiss. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "COVID-19, 4-day power outage, baby on the way: Dorian Finney-Smith leads Mavs in off-court chaos," 20 Feb. 2021 The only person who can sense immediately that something is amiss is Louise’s son Adam (Tyler Howitt), who seems too afraid to say anything. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Okay, Let’s Talk About Behind Her Eyes’ Double Twist Ending," 19 Feb. 2021 My Twitter mentions were the first sign anything was amiss. Wes Moore, Star Tribune, "Angry day traders targeted wrong Robin Hood and threatened me, a nonprofit CEO," 8 Feb. 2021 But Republicans at the state and national level, insisting that something had to be amiss, sought action to correct this false perception. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Georgia Republicans Are Working to Rig Elections So They Never Lose Again," 5 Feb. 2021 Though Pedroia made it through his pregame routines that night, there was a sense that something was amiss. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Recalling Dustin Pedroia’s final game, and humble exit, on a Double A diamond in Portland," 2 Feb. 2021 Infinity War, and that's your first clue that something is amiss MCU-wise. refinery29.com, "How WandaVision’s Long, Strange Trip Fits Into The MCU," 25 Jan. 2021 With less than a month until President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, conservative social media pages are still claiming something is amiss with his electoral victory. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Meme is missing context, potentially misleads on support for Biden, Trump and Obama," 23 Dec. 2020 That was the first hint that something was amiss in the North Woods crossroads, about 15 miles northwest of Blackduck in Beltrami County. Curt Brown Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Double murder darkened Minnesota North Woods in 1904," 12 Dec. 2020

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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

Middle English amis, from a- a- entry 1 + mis miss entry 2

Note: Compare Old Icelandic á mis "passing one another without meeting."

Adjective

Middle English amis, derivative of amis amiss entry 1

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The first known use of amiss was in the 13th century

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“Amiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amiss. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for amiss

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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