Definition of amiss in English:

amiss

adjective

  • [predicative] Not quite right; inappropriate or out of place:

    ‘there was something amiss about his calculations’
    • ‘Whatever was amiss, and something definitely was, this was a most uncharacteristic display.’
    • ‘Why would he have had to do so unless he detected something amiss?’
    • ‘Saying he would fight for the truth, he even attended a cabinet meeting chaired by the vice president as if nothing was amiss.’
    • ‘No alarm went off, and the officers patrolling the perimeter didn't notice anything amiss.’
    • ‘Offering a contract is wrong; to consider a replacement is amiss, too.’
    • ‘Several more officers examined the picture and, having drawn the conclusion that something was amiss, called the police.’
    • ‘When it finished and I had a look at my recent files there was clearly something amiss, something I couldn't ignore.’
    • ‘Over the last couple days though I've been getting signals that something might be amiss.’
    • ‘But if something amiss happens in his own team's penalty area, that is usually the moment he was looking the other way.’
    • ‘If it finds anything amiss it will correct it within a few seconds.’
    • ‘Students are also being encouraged to seek help or speak out if they see something amiss on or around school grounds.’
    • ‘He phoned the Justice Department - the first alert to anything amiss.’
    • ‘I have spent thousands proving things are amiss in this county and I found myself at a cross-roads with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘Michael arrived at the Wall to find no sign that anything was wrong or amiss.’
    • ‘On the face of it, there does seem to be something amiss here.’
    • ‘At this point the store manager, who was taking stock nearby, sensed that there was something amiss at the till and walked over.’
    • ‘I felt like myself yet there was something wrong, something amiss, something lacking from the scene.’
    • ‘If something amiss is detected, the camera alerts a central control.’
    • ‘That's the most public concession that anything is amiss here, as Chinese media have given scant coverage to the riots.’
    • ‘I first noticed something was amiss by the helicopter circling over the Arakawa at about 8pm on Thursday evening.’
    wrong, awry, faulty, out of order, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, untoward, adrift, astray, inappropriate, improper, unsuitable
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adverb

  • Wrongly or inappropriately:

    ‘the prime minister may have constructed his cabinet a little amiss’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Something has gone amiss with him and that, for England, has been, as it were, the crux.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

amiss

/əˈmɪs/