amiss

[uh-mis]
adverb
1.
out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?
adjective (usually used predicatively)
2.
improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
Idioms
3.
take amiss, to be offended at or resentful of (something not meant to cause offense or resentment); misunderstand: I couldn't think of a way to present my view so that no one would take it amiss.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English amis, equivalent to a- a-1 + mis wrong. See miss1


1. inappropriately, unsuitably. 2. mistaken, erroneous; awry, askew.


1. rightly, properly. 2. correct, true.
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amiss (əˈmɪs)
 
adv
1.  in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
2.  take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
 
adj
3.  (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
 
[C13 a mis, from mis wrong; see miss1]

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amiss
mid-13c., amis "off the mark," also "out of order," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). To take (something) amiss was originally (late 14c.) "to miss the meaning of" (see mistake). Now it means "to misinterpret in a bad sense."
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Idioms & Phrases

amiss

see under take the wrong way.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
They also discuss typical side-effects of surgery, the signs when something's going amiss and what to expect during recovery.
Second, much has been made of the failure of officers and directors to notice that something was amiss at these big banks.
About 1000 feet from the bottom, Cameron and crew notice something is amiss.
Being without an attitude in comedy is like something amiss in one's make-up.
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