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amiss Syllabification: a·miss
Pronunciation: /əˈmis/

Definition of amiss in English:


Not quite right; inappropriate or out of place: there was something amiss about his calculations
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  • I felt like myself yet there was something wrong, something amiss, something lacking from the scene.
  • At this point the store manager, who was taking stock nearby, sensed that there was something amiss at the till and walked over.
  • If something amiss is detected, the camera alerts a central control.
wrong, awry, faulty, out of order, defective, flawed, unsatisfactory, incorrect, not right;
inappropriate, improper


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Wrongly or inappropriately: how terrible was the danger of her loving amiss
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  • What goes amiss in the smoker's crusade to defend themselves is the rights of the people who don't want to be subjected to smoke.
  • Obviously little would need to go amiss for the financial plan to go awry.
  • The Fijian way of life is glorified as the kind of life where people look after you if anything goes amiss.


Middle English: probably from Old Norse á mis 'so as to miss', from á 'on' + mis (related to miss1).


take something amiss

Be offended by something that is said, typically through misinterpreting the intentions behind it: don’t take this amiss, it’s all good-humored teasing
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  • But since the state stood to benefit far more than any individual politician, no one took his ambition amiss.
  • Nobody there takes it amiss when things suddenly harden or go soft.
  • So I am sure that Keith will not take it amiss if I make a few comments (in my usual ‘take no prisoners’ way) about his theories.
be offended, take offense, be upset

Words that rhyme with amiss

abyss, bis, bliss, Chris, Diss, hiss, kiss, Majlis, miss, reminisce, sis, Swiss, this, vis

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