Meaning of amuck


When things go amuck, they are wildly out of control. Someone running amuck is showing no self-control.

This is a word that has to do with chaos and disorder. A riot is an example of people running amuck. In a cafeteria, if people are yelling and throwing food, they are going amuck. This word applies to times when control has been lost: people are showing no self-control, and the situation is out of hand. Sometimes, going amuck is positive, though. If a football player scores five touchdowns in a game, you could say he’s running amuck.

Definitions of amuck
  1. adverb

    wildly; without self-control

    “when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran
    amuck, blocking the exit”


  2. adverb

    in a murderous frenzy

    “rioters running
    amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones”

    amok, murderously

  3. adjective

    frenzied as if possessed by a demon

    “the soldier was completely

    amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed


    afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement

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