The Alternative English Dictionary: amiss

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amiss etymology From a + miss. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈmɪs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice. He suspected something was amiss. Something amiss in the arrangements had distracted the staff.
    • Wollaston His wisdom and virtue cannot always rectify that which is amiss in himself or his circumstances.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Mistakenly
  2. (archaic) Astray
  3. (archaic) Wrongly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i: Now by my head (said Guyon) much I muse, / How that same knight should do so foule amis [...].
    • 1635, John Donne, "His parting from her": Yet Love, thou'rt blinder then thy self in this, / To vex my Dove-like friend for my amiss [...].
  • missa
  • saims
  • Samis

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