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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 New Pronouncing Dictionary of Medicine (1892)

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

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

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1817)

Compiled for the Use of Common Schools in the United States by Noah Webster

to give wrong advice , Misadvised, part, advised amiss, ill-directed Misaimed, a. not duly directed Mis' anthrope, ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

amiss take something amiss to take offence at something: originally, ...

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Quotes about amiss

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. (Miguel de Cervantes)
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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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