American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Out of proper order: What is amiss?
- adj. Not in perfect shape; faulty.
- adv. In an improper, defective, unfortunate, or mistaken way.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Away from the mark; out of the way; out of the proper course or order; in a faulty manner; wrongly; in a manner contrary to propriety, truth, law, or morality.
- Improper; wrong; faulty: used only in the predicate: as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.
- n. Fault; wrong: as, “some great amiss,”
- adj. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.
- adv. archaic Mistakenly
- adv. archaic Astray
- adv. archaic Wrongly.
- n. obsolete Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill.
- adj. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper.
- n. obsolete A fault, wrong, or mistake.
- adj. not functioning properly
- adv. in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
- adv. in an imperfect or faulty way
- adv. away from the correct or expected course
- From a + miss. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English amis, probably from Old Norse ā mis, so as to miss : ā, on; see an- in Indo-European roots + mis, act of missing; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Brother Cadfael's gnarled, guileless-eyed self-sufficiency caused him discomfort without a word amiss or a glance out of place, as though his dignity were somehow under siege.”
“In connexion with this sense it may not be amiss to notice that the Hebrew word, either in the form Haçer, or in the slightly different form Haçor was not infrequently used in proper names.”
“I knew, also, that weapons would not come in amiss, and I re ntered Wolf Larsen's state-room to get his rifle and shotgun.”
“I knew, also, that weapons would not come in amiss, and I re-entered Wolf Larsen’s state-room to get his rifle and shot-gun.”
“Here I am again with Ryan’s sloppy 2nds, but the sure sign that something is, once again, amiss is they’re all coming out and there are multiple excuses for the surveillance.”
“The disputes panel eventually concluded yesterday evening that nothing had been amiss, which is why we're still where we were nine days ago.”
“Now guard thee, Lady Kriemhild,/my word amiss to take,”
“There is one more point in fielding the catcher's position upon which a few words will not be amiss, that is, as to touching a runner coming home.”
“In the midst of all these grievances he did not speak a word amiss; and we have no reason to think but that he also preserved a good temper of mind, so that, though there might be some stirrings and risings of corruption in his heart, yet grace got the upper hand and he took care that the root of bitterness might not spring up to trouble him, Heb. xii.”
“Any of us who determine that something is "amiss" with our most precious commodities, our children, understand what it means to take this journey of discovery, acceptance and advocacy.”
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