• WordNet 3.6
    • adj amiss not functioning properly "something is amiss","has gone completely haywire","something is wrong with the engine"
    • adv amiss in an imperfect or faulty way "The lobe was imperfectly developed","Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more"- Jane Austen"
    • adv amiss in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner "if you think him guilty you judge amiss","he spoke amiss","no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly"
    • adv amiss away from the correct or expected course "something has gone awry in our plans","something went badly amiss in the preparations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amiss A fault, wrong, or mistake. "Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss ."
    • adv Amiss Astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill. "What error drives our eyes and ears amiss ?""Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss ."
    • a Amiss ȧ*mĭs" Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.Used only in the predicate "His wisdom and virtue can not always rectify that which is amiss in himself or his circumstances."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amiss Away from the mark; out of the way; out of the proper course or order; in a faulty manner; wrongly; in a manner contrary to propriety, truth, law, or morality.
    • amiss Improper; wrong; faulty: used only in the predicate: as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.
    • n amiss Fault; wrong: as, “some great amiss,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Amiss a-mis′ in error: wrong
    • adv Amiss in a faulty manner
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + miss,


In literature:

The first sound of their voices told him that something was amiss.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Something even more serious than he yet knew of was amiss.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Stephanos, Vacculus, is anything amiss?
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
If there has been anything amiss, it shall not be looked on again as amiss.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
One glance at his face was sufficient to tell me that something had gone amiss.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Having prepared the draft of a protest, I thought it would not be amiss to show it to the Ambassador.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Commandant General Botha said that they could not take it amiss in one another if there was no unanimity of views.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Hadst thou been a boy all this would not come amiss.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
This dream is all amiss interpreted: It was a vision fair and fortunate.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
Oh, we are well enough, compared to other girls: if we had not to earn our own living, we should not be so much amiss.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey

In poetry:

The argument began like this:
I to myself one night
Remarked: "There's something sore amiss
That cries to be put right.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
My brother! Lord of life and me,
If life might grow to this!—
Would it not, brother, sister, be
Enough for all amiss?
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Summer looked for long am I:
Much shall change or e'er I die.
Prithee take it not amiss
Though I weary thee with bliss.
"Summer" by William Morris
Six happy years they chronicled
Within their nest of bliss;
To taste each day some sweetest joy,
They could not go amiss.
"The Lovers" by James Avis Bartley
That I answered you who asked.
But the curious part was this:--
That the whole thing was amiss;
That the Greek but masked
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
Summer looked for long am I;
Much shall change or e’er I die.
Prithee take it not amiss
Though I weary thee with bliss.
"Verses For Pictures" by William Morris

In news:

Bethel Native Corporation was approached last week with a Xerox scam, but President Ana Hoffman suspected something was amiss.
When rabbits are gargantuan and polar bears are small enough to curl up in your lap then something is clearly amiss.
Something's Amiss With 'Something's Afoot ' At Goodspeed.
As happy as 'How I Met Your Mother' and Joe Manganiello fans were happy to see Marshall's law school buddy Brad return to the series in Monday's "The Stamp Tramp," something definitely felt amiss.
I inspected all visible brake components, but could find nothing amiss.
Keep on top of your statements and act quickly if anything is amiss.
An inspection of the tunnel's roof in September found nothing amiss, according to Satoshi Noguchi, a company official.
Other people are reporting finches at their feeders , and nothing seems amiss.
The American model is the basis for many forecasts , and its reliability problems beyond the short term suggest something major is amiss with its physics and inputs.
There was something amiss with almost every look, whether it was the accessories, the hair or the make-up.
"When a handful of yachts become ocean liners while the rest remain lowly canoes, something is seriously amiss".
In fact, it wasn't until an eagle-eyed stamp collector noticed that there were some subtle differences in Lady Liberty's facial features that the Postal Service realized something was amiss.
THE sheer size of this book is the first sign that something is amiss.
There's nothing more frustrating than discovering there is something major amiss with a race engine, whether at the shop or at the track.
26 pm Sunday night, December 28, Donald Phillips, owner and operator of the 411 Raceway on Maryville Highway received a call from his alarm company that something was amiss at the track.

In science:

It has been known for a long time that something must be amiss with the simple picture of early formation presented above.
Formation and Evolution of Galaxies in Clusters
If the analysed text happens to di(cid:11)er signi(cid:12)cantly (in terms of the language model) from the corpus the language model was based on, many predictions of the analyser are likely to go amiss.
Three studies of grammar-based surface-syntactic parsing of unrestricted English text. A summary and orientation
Yes, all of this is pretty speculative, and maybe not warranted by the evidence that something is amiss.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
There was an early warning that something might be amiss, however, from a quasilinear study which showed that nonaxisymmetric convective modes produce an inward angular momentum flux.
Numerical Models of Accretion Disks
This being the case, it will not be amiss here to attempt to make some progress on the matter.
Rational term structure models with geometric Levy martingales