1. out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?

adjective (usually used predicatively)

  1. improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
  1. 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.


  1. in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
  2. take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something


  1. (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty

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

see under take the wrong way.

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