- out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?
- improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
- take amiss, to be offended at or resentful of (something not meant to cause offense or resentment); misunderstand: I couldn't think of a way to present my view so that no one would take it amiss.
Origin of amiss
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1. inappropriately, unsuitably. 2. mistaken, erroneous; awry, askew.
1. rightly, properly. 2. correct, true.
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- in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
- take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
- (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
C13 a mis, from mis wrong; see miss 1
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Word Origin and History for take amiss
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Idioms and Phrases with take amiss
see take the wrong way.
see under take the wrong way.
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