Origin of amok
Examples from the Web for amok
They had her give the weather update, and even let her mangle the word “amok.”
Placido was by this time under the influence of the amok, as the Malayists say.The Reign of Greed|Jose Rizal
It is as well that the amok has no weapons other than his knife.Sjambak|John Holbrook Vance
Much has been written concerning the acts of homicidal mania called amuck (amok), which word in the vernacular means to attack.
British Dictionary definitions for amok
Word Origin for amok
Word Origin and History for amok
in verbal phrase run amok first recorded 1670s, from Malay amuk "attacking furiously." Earlier the word was used as a noun or adjective meaning "a frenzied Malay," originally in the Portuguese form amouco or amuco.
There are some of them [the Javanese] who ... go out into the streets, and kill as many persons as they meet. ... These are called Amuco. ["The Book of Duarte Barbosa: An Account of the Countries Bordering on the Indian Ocean and Their Inhabitants," c.1516, English translation]