adverb(in phrase run amok)
- 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?
If someone runs amok they rush about behaving uncontrollably and disruptively. The word amok comes via Portuguese from a Malay word amuk meaning ‘fighting furiously’ or ‘rushing in a frenzy’. It was first used in English in the 17th century, referring to a Malay person in a murderous frenzy after taking opium.
Words that rhyme with amokad hoc, Bangkok, baroque, belle époque, bloc, block, bock, brock, chock, chock-a-block, clock, doc, dock, floc, flock, frock, hock, hough, interlock, jock, knock, langue d'oc, lock, Locke, Médoc, mock, nock, o'clock, pock, post hoc, roc, rock, schlock, shock, smock, sock, Spock, stock, wok, yapok
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