- out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?
adjective (usually used predicatively)
- improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
- 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.
- in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
- take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
- (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.