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From a- +‎ miss.



amiss (comparative more amiss, superlative most amiss)

  1. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper or otherwise incorrect
    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.

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amiss (comparative more amiss, superlative most amiss)

  1. Mistakenly, wrongly.
    • 1899, The Laxdaela Saga (translated by Muriel A. C. Press) Chapter 44
      Then Hrefna said she would coif herself with it, and Thurid said she had better, and Hrefna did so. When Kalf saw that he gave her to understand that she had done amiss; and bade her take it off at her swiftest. "For that is the one thing that we, Kjartan and I, do not own in common."


amiss (plural amisses)

  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 [...].

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