- 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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Examples from the Web for amiss
He did not suspect anything was amiss until he returned home that evening and found them gone.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
All of this happened in daylight, and controllers were aware that something was amiss.The Botched Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 12, 2014
There seems to be a prevalent feeling that something is amiss at Apple.Apple’s Earnings Show the Company Is Still Thriving
July 23, 2013
From the start of the investigation, there were signs that something was amiss.Lesley Herring: The Hollywood Murder Case With No Body
March 28, 2013
Brega offered no hint that anything was amiss, basically because Libyans were barred from living there.Happy Birthday from Hizbollah!
May 6, 2009
"I had not thought that you had taken it so amiss," said he awkwardly.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mrs. Menotti tried to detain him; she could not understand what was amiss.Rico and Wiseli
It may not be amiss to remark that I have never eaten a blackberry since.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
I thought it was not amiss to ask this liberty; the weather seemed to be set in fine.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
"If they were walking over you, it mightn't be amiss," reprimanded Judith.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
- take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
- (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
Word Origin and History for amiss
Idioms and Phrases with amiss
see under take the wrong way.