Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a frenzy to do violence or kill: rioters running amuck in the streets.
  • adv. In or into a jumbled or confused state: The plans went amuck.
  • adv. In or into an uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity: "This jam-packed area of Honolulu has come to stand for tourist development run amok” ( Ila Stanger).
  • adj. Crazed with murderous frenzy: amuck troops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a frantic or frenzied and violent manner; in a confused, jumbled or uncontrolled state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In a frenzied and reckless manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, in a state of murderous frenzy; indiscriminately slaughtering or killing: a term used in the Eastern Archipelago.
  • Hence — To proceed in a blind, headstrong manner, careless of consequences, which are most likely to be disastrous.
  • [Sometimes written in two words, and treated as a noun with the indefinite article.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. frenzied as if possessed by a demon
  • adv. in a murderous frenzy
  • adv. wildly; without self-control

Etymologies

Malay amok.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Seems exactly the same as amok to me

    July 25, 2008

  • Citation on crescentic.

    July 25, 2008

  • Mmmmmm, dictionary.com doesn't agree, and they know everything. ;)

    February 19, 2007

  • Getting stuck in the muck. Not to be confused with amok.

    December 9, 2006