What does amiss mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)adverb

    not functioning properly

    "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"

  2. awry, amissadverb

    away from the correct or expected course

    "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations"

  3. amissadverb

    in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner

    "if you think him guilty you judge amiss"; "he spoke amiss"; "no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly"

  4. imperfectly, amissadverb

    in an imperfect or faulty way

    "The lobe was imperfectly developed"; "Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more"- Jane Austen


  1. amissnoun

    Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.

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  5. amissadjective

    Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amissadverb

    astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + miss.]

  2. Amissadjective

    wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + miss.]

  3. Amissnoun

    a fault, wrong, or mistake

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + miss.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amiss

    a-mis′, adj. in error: wrong.—adv. in a faulty manner.—n. Amiss′ibility.—adjs. Amiss′ible; Amiss′ing, wanting, lost. [a, on, and Miss, failure.]

Anagrams for amiss »

  1. missa

  2. Samis

  3. saims

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amiss in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amiss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of amiss in a Sentence

  1. Scott Paul:

    I don't think he does our issue any favors by making it so incredibly jingoistic and bombastic, but I believe there’s widespread agreement ... that there is something amiss with our economic relationship with China and it’s past time that our government pushes back a little more forcefully.

  2. Miguel Cervantes:

    I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.

  3. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism:

    Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. greedy
    • B. sought
    • C. suspicious
    • D. aligned

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