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 negativeA 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 There are no warning lights to indicate that the vehicle senses anything is amiss. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Is a $1000 Aftermarket Add-On as Capable as Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise?," 10 Feb. 2020 Hazmat Suits and Disinfectants Hu Xiaohu, who sold processed pork in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, sensed by late December that something was amiss. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight," 1 Feb. 2020 After Burke jump-started the truck, sundry electrical warnings steadily blinked out until the only sign that anything was amiss was the darkened infotainment screen. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Our Ram 1500 Shines as a Luxurious, Go-Anywhere Snow Machine," 28 Jan. 2020 Amy Poynter: Signs started showing up that something was amiss. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Chacey Poynter, convicted in husband's murder says, "He wasn't supposed to die"," 18 Jan. 2020 Basking in the warm, rosy glow of nostalgia, legions of die-hards with opinions cemented over decades stand ready to crucify the final product if anything is amiss. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco: Get the Inside Story Before the Official Reveal," 9 Jan. 2020 By morning light, people on base knew that everyone survived and that little was amiss. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "As Trump breaks the escalation cycle, US prepares for shadow war with Iran," 9 Jan. 2020 Send feedback if anything on the ride seemed amiss, like lewd comments, requests for personal information or poor driving practices, let the company know, and, if appropriate, the police as well, Ms. Lockhart said. New York Times, "Taking an Uber? 9 Tips to Ride Safely," 26 Dec. 2019 When the BedMachine models weren’t lining up with what scientists had previously charted, Morlinghem knew something was amiss. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Deepest Point on Land Is Hidden Beneath an Antarctic Glacier," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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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 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for amiss

amiss

adverb
How to pronounce amiss (audio)

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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