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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt like myself yet there was something wrong, something amiss, something lacking from the scene.’
    • ‘When it finished and I had a look at my recent files there was clearly something amiss, something I couldn't ignore.’
    • ‘Michael arrived at the Wall to find no sign that anything was wrong or amiss.’
    • ‘But if something amiss happens in his own team's penalty area, that is usually the moment he was looking the other way.’
    • ‘I first noticed something was amiss by the helicopter circling over the Arakawa at about 8pm on Thursday evening.’
    • ‘If something amiss is detected, the camera alerts a central control.’
    • ‘He phoned the Justice Department - the first alert to anything amiss.’
    • ‘At this point the store manager, who was taking stock nearby, sensed that there was something amiss at the till and walked over.’
    • ‘Why would he have had to do so unless he detected something amiss?’
    • ‘Students are also being encouraged to seek help or speak out if they see something amiss on or around school grounds.’
    • ‘If it finds anything amiss it will correct it within a few seconds.’
    • ‘On the face of it, there does seem to be something amiss here.’
    • ‘That's the most public concession that anything is amiss here, as Chinese media have given scant coverage to the riots.’
    • ‘I have spent thousands proving things are amiss in this county and I found myself at a cross-roads with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘Over the last couple days though I've been getting signals that something might be 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.’
    wrong, awry, faulty, out of order, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, untoward, adrift, astray, inappropriate, improper, unsuitable
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adverb

  • Wrongly or inappropriately.

    ‘how terrible was the danger of her loving amiss’
    • ‘The Fijian way of life is glorified as the kind of life where people look after you if anything goes 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.’

Phrases

  • take something amiss

    • Be offended by something that is said, especially through misinterpreting the intentions behind it.

      ‘don't take this amiss, it's all good-humored teasing’
      • ‘I pray you won't take it amiss if I offer you a refreshment?’
      • ‘Don't take it amiss but I can not understand why line-wrapping is enabled by default.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Don't take it amiss, but I'm surprised at your simplicity—and not only yours!’
      • ‘However, a company should never say to an examiner, ‘But last week you said…,’ because the examiner will most likely take it amiss.’
      • ‘Nobody there takes it amiss when things suddenly harden or go soft.’
      • ‘Then he added in embarrassment, ‘Please don't take it amiss, but above all I lack the detachment desirable between penitent and confessor.’’
      • ‘I wonder if she would take it amiss if I tried to get closer to her.’
      • ‘But since the state stood to benefit far more than any individual politician, no one took his ambition amiss.’
      • ‘Faculties often take it amiss when critics appeal over their heads to alumni, trustees or parents.’
      be offended by, take offence at, be upset by
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

amiss

/əˈmis//əˈmɪs/