amok

[ uh-muhk, uh-mok ]
/ əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk /

noun

(among members of certain Southeast Asian cultures) a psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.

adjective

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Idioms for amok

    run/go amok. amuck(def 3).
Also amuck.

Origin of amok

First recorded in 1865–70, amok is from the Malay word amuk
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British Dictionary definitions for amok

amok

amuck (əˈmʌk)

/ (əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk) /

noun

a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays

adverb

run amok to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill

Word Origin for amok

C17: from Malay amoq furious assault
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