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Definition of the adjective amiss

What does amiss mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. not functioning properly

Alternative definition of the adjective amiss


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

Definition of the adverb amiss

What does amiss mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. away from the correct or expected course
    • example: something went badly amiss in the preparations
    • synonym of amiss: awry
  2. in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
    • examples: if you think him guilty you judge amiss | he spoke amiss | no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly
  3. in an imperfect or faulty way
    • example: Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more
    • synonym of amiss: imperfectly

Alternative definition of the adverb amiss


  1. [archaic] Mistakenly
  2. [archaic] Astray
  3. [archaic] Wrongly.

Definition of the noun amiss

What does amiss mean as a name of something?


  1. [obsolete] Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.

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Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1843)

Abridged from the American Dictionary for the Use of Primary Schools and the Counting House by Noah Webster

to judge amiss.

Google previewAn Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1783)

... A New Edition, Being the Twenty-fifth. ... By N. Bailey, ... by Nathan Bailey

to interpret amiss, to put an ill meaning ...

Google previewA Comprehensive Medical Dictionary: containing the pronunciation, etymology, and signification of the terms made use of in Medicine and the kindred sciences. With an appendix, etc (1864)

[From mzpé, “amiss,” and pfivcg, the “menses.”] Disordered menstruation. Pinup- Inor'phi-afi [From rapd, “amiss,” and mom, “form.”] Morbid structure. Applied to organic diseases. Pir-rp-ne-phri'tln, idia.* [From paran'epluma] Inflammation of the ...

Google previewAn universal etymological English dictionary ... Twentieth edition, with considerable improvements (1763)

by Nathan Bailey

MlSGRAF'FED, grasted amiss, wrong, or ill-'X Shakesp. MlSH, a Churl.

Google previewA New Pronouncing Dictionary of Medicine (1892)

Being a Voluminous and Exhaustive Hand-book of Medical and Scientific Terminology by John Marie Keating, Henry Hamilton, John Chalmers Da Costa, Frederick A. Packard

apa, " amiss," and Idpws, ...

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Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss. (Alexander Pope)
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Scrabble value of A1M3I1S1S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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