[ uh-muhk, uh-mok ]
/ əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk /


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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amok


amuck (əˈmʌk)

/ (əˈmʌk, əˈmɒk) /


a state of murderous frenzy, originally observed among Malays


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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