What does amiss mean?

amiss meaning in General Dictionary

A fault wrong or error

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  • incorrect defective out of order inappropriate as it may never be amiss to inquire about guidance
  • Astray faultily improperly wrongly sick
  • from the correct or expected training course
  • in a poor or mistaken or regrettable way
  • in an imperfect or faulty means
  • not working correctly
  • Astray; faultily; incorrectly; incorrectly; sick.
  • Wrong; defective; out of order; improper; since, it may not be amiss to inquire of advice.
  • A fault, wrong, or mistake.

amiss meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., amis "off the level," additionally "out of purchase," virtually "on the neglect," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). To take (some thing) amiss originally (late 14c.) was "to miss out the concept of" (see error). Today it indicates "to misinterpret in a negative feeling."

amiss meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Astray; faultily; improperly; incorrectly; sick.

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  • (a.) Wrong; defective; out of order; incorrect; because, may possibly not be amiss to inquire of guidance.
  • (n.) A fault, incorrect, or error.

Sentence Examples with the word amiss

Toucans in confinement feed mainly on fruit, but little seems amiss to them, and they swallow grubs, reptiles and small birds with avidity.

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