Definition of amiss in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmɪs/


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, unsatisfactory, incorrect, untoward, adrift, astray, inappropriate, improper, unsuitable


Wrongly or inappropriately: the prime minister may have constructed his cabinet a little 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.



take something amiss

British Be offended by something that is said, especially through misinterpreting the intentions behind it: don’t take this amiss, it’s all good-humoured 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 by, take offence at, be upset by

something would not go (or come) amiss

British The specified thing would be welcome and useful: you look as if a good meal wouldn’t go amiss
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  • Which is something of a two-edged sword, in that, while I wouldn't wish to have a giant crashing down from above, a goose that lays golden eggs would not go amiss in these days of straightened circumstances.
  • A few trees would not go amiss, to break up the expanses and provide a bit of cover, but trees feature rarely in Japanese architecture, which is a shame as when they do appear, they always look exceptionally fine.
  • A clear indication of just how much further expansion costs are expected to drive this figure would not go amiss.
be welcome, be appropriate, be useful


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

Words that rhyme with amiss

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

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