amuck

[ uh-muhk ]
/ əˈmʌk /

adjective

mad with murderous frenzy.

noun


Nearby words

  1. amt.,
  2. amtrac,
  3. amtrak,
  4. amu,
  5. amu darya,
  6. amugis,
  7. amulet,
  8. amulius,
  9. amundsen,
  10. amundsen gulf

Idioms

    run/go amuck,
    1. to rush about in a murderous frenzy: The maniac ran amuck in the crowd, shooting at random.
    2. to rush about wildly; lose self-control: When the nightclub caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exits.

Origin of amuck

First recorded in 1510–20; variant of amok

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British Dictionary definitions for amuck

amuck

/ (əˈmʌk) /

noun, adverb

a variant of amok
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Word Origin and History for amuck

amuck

adv.

17c., variant of amok; treated as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, who considered amok didacticism.

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