from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Out of proper order: What is amiss?
- adj. Not in perfect shape; faulty.
- adv. In an improper, defective, unfortunate, or mistaken way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.
- adv. Mistakenly
- adv. Astray
- adv. Wrongly.
- n. Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill.
- adj. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper.
- n. A fault, wrong, or mistake.
from The 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,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From a + miss. (Wiktionary)