Definition of amiss in English:


Syllabification: a·miss
Pronunciation: /əˈmis


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

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