Definition of amok adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈmɒk//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈmɑːk//
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Word Originmid 17th cent.: 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 cent.Idioms to suddenly become very angry or excited and start behaving violently, especially in a public place Some drunken students had run amok in the college car park. See related entries: Excitement, Anger
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