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amiss

adverb \ ə-ˈmis \

Definition of amiss

1 a :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

Examples of amiss in a Sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of amiss

see 1miss


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amiss

adjective

Definition of amiss

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.

Examples of amiss in a Sentence

  1. Some of his assumptions are amiss.

  2. The doctor's examination showed that nothing was amiss.

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Origin and Etymology of amiss

see 1miss



AMISS Defined for English Language Learners

amiss

adverb

Definition of amiss for English Language Learners

  • : in the wrong way


amiss

adjective

Definition of amiss for English Language Learners

  • : not proper or correct


AMISS Defined for Kids

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amiss

adverb \ ə-ˈmis \

Definition of amiss for Students

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

2

amiss

adjective

Definition of amiss for Students

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


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