adverb(in phrase run amok)
- Behave uncontrollably and disruptively: stone-throwing anarchists running amok • figurative her feelings seemed to be running amokMore example sentences
- Countries around the world are facing the problem of anarchists running amok.
- Dozens of riot police ran amok in a housing complex here on Tuesday following a minor accident involving an officer and a local resident, leaving five people wounded.
- Do staff members try to make up for the lack of rampaging aliens by occasionally running amok themselves?
mid 17th century: via Portuguese amouco, from Malay amok 'rushing in a frenzy'. Early use was as a noun denoting a Malay in a homicidal frenzy; the adverb use dates from the late 17th century.