- to rush about in a murderous frenzy: The maniac ran amuck in the crowd, shooting at random.
- to rush about wildly; lose self-control: When the nightclub caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exits.
Origin of amuck
Related Words for amuckberserk, insanely, madly, savagely, violently, wildly, destructively, ferociously, maniacally, uncontrollably
Examples from the Web for amuck
Historical Examples of amuck
His brow was amuck with sweat: he was trembling in every limb; his ears were scarlet.Terribly Intimate Portraits
Sure, and he climbed in at the window, and white as a haddock, and all amuck with sweat.The Deemster
Maniac named Kraskow amuck with freighter Prometheus, known to contain huge bomb!Big Pill
Raymond Zinke Gallun
I learned to swing an axe by cutting down saplings, and ran "amuck" among them just as my elders did among the larger trees.The Red Cow and Her Friends
I fancied for awhile that one of their number must have run "amuck," and the rest meant to send him to slumber.
17c., variant of amok; treated as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, who considered amok didacticism.