amiss adj : not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine" [syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)] adv
1 away from the correct or expected course; "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations" [syn: awry]
2 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"
3 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 [syn: imperfectly] [ant: perfectly]
EtymologyOld Norse á mis 'so as to miss'.
- Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice. Used only in the predicate of a sentence.
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