Amiss definition

ə-mĭs
In a wrong way; astray, wrongly, faultily, improperly, etc.
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The definition of amiss is a person, place, or thing not in tune with what is correct.

An example of something amiss is when a school of fish are supposed to swim to a certain spot each year to reproduce, but a change in water temperatures prevents it from happening.

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Amiss is a person, place, or thing that is flawed or incorrect in some way.

When a computer isn’t working properly and it configures incorrect data, it is an example of something that is amiss.

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1635, John Donne, "His parting from her".

Yet Love, thou'rt blinder then thy self in this, / To vex my Dove-like friend for my amiss [...].

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Amis is defined as something that goes wrong, often due to a flaw of some type.

When the family road trip is delayed a few days due to car trouble, it is an example of something going amiss.

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Amis means an action that is incorrect in some way, or a person or thing that has somehow gotten off course.

An example of being amiss is when one person lies to another person.

An example of being amiss is when a person takes a wrong turn.

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Out of proper order.

What is amiss?

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Not in perfect shape; faulty.
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In an improper, defective, unfortunate, or mistaken way.
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Wrong, faulty, improper, etc.
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Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.

He suspected something was amiss.

Something amiss in the arrangements had distracted the staff.

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(archaic) Mistakenly.
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(archaic) Astray.
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(archaic) Wrongly.
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Amiss is something that is off or not right in a certain situation, yet it’s usually preceded by a negative.

An example of amiss in the negative is when a teacher is late for class and she rushes in expecting mass chaos, but instead all the students are working hard and nothing is wrong.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
amiss
Plural:
amisses

Origin of amiss

  • Middle English amis probably from Old Norse ā mis so as to miss ā on an- in Indo-European roots mis act of missing mei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a +‎ miss.

    From Wiktionary