Meaning of AMISS in English

I. əˈmis adverb

Etymology: Middle English amis, from a- (I) + mis mistake, wrong — more at miss


a. : in a mistaken way : wrongly

if you think he is guilty, you judge amiss

b. : out of the right way : astray

something had gone — Van Wyck Brooks

2. : in a faulty way : imperfectly

Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more — Jane Austen


a. : in a reprehensible way

no doubt he got his money amiss

b. : in an uncalled-for way

a crude fellow, forever speaking amiss

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English amis, from amis, adverb

1. : not in accordance with right order : wrong

undue provincialism is amiss — D.G.Mandelbaum

2. : faulty , imperfect

whether his general health had been previously at all amiss — Charles Dickens


a. : deserving blame : reprehensible

could prove nothing amiss — Hartzell Spence

b. : out of place under given circumstances : uncalled for — usually used with a negative

a few expurgated excerpts may not be amiss — R.B.Merriman

— usually used predicatively

III. noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English amis, from amis, adjective & adverb

obsolete : fault , misdeed

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