amiss (adv.)

mid-13c., amis "off the mark," also "out of order," literally "on the miss," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). From late 14c. as "improper, wrong, faulty;" to take (something) amiss originally (late 14c.) was "to miss the meaning of" (see mistake). Now it means "to misinterpret in a bad sense."

updated on December 31, 2016

Definitions of amiss from WordNet
amiss (adv.)
away from the correct or expected course;
something went badly amiss in the preparations
Synonyms: awry
amiss (adv.)
in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner;
if you think him guilty you judge amiss
no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly
he spoke amiss
amiss (adv.)
in an imperfect or faulty way; "Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more"- Jane Austen;
Synonyms: imperfectly
amiss (adj.)
not functioning properly;
something is amiss
Synonyms: awry / haywire / wrong
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