amiss etymology

English word amiss comes from English a-, English miss

Detailed word origin of amiss

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
a- English (eng) (no longer productive) Away from. [First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) forming words with the sense of wholly, or utterly out[First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) Of, from. [First attested prior to 1150.] Not, without, opposite of. (no longer productive) Towards; Used to indicate direction, reduction to, increase to, change into, or [...]
miss English (eng) (card games) In the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player.. A kept woman; a mistress.. A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used.. An unmarried woman; a girl. (ambitransitive) To fail to hit.. (intransitive, obsolete) To be absent, deficient, or wanting.. (intransitive, [...]
amiss English (eng) Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper or otherwise incorrect (obsolete) Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed. Mistakenly, wrongly.

Words with the same origin as amiss

Descendants of a-
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