A·miss adv. Astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill.
What error drives our eyes and ears amiss? --Shak.
Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss. --James iv. 3.
To take (an act, thing) amiss, to impute a wrong motive to (an act or thing); to take offense at; to take unkindly; as, you must not take these questions amiss.
A·miss a. Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.
Note: [Used only in the predicate.]
His wisdom and virtue can not always rectify that which is amiss in himself or his circumstances. --Wollaston.
A·miss, n. A fault, wrong, or mistake. [Obs.]
Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss. --Shak.
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]