What does amok mean?

Definitions for amok
əˈmʌk, əˈmɒkamok

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word amok.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed(p)adverb

    frenzied as if possessed by a demon

    "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows"

  2. amok, amuckadverb

    wildly; without self-control

    "when the restaurant caught fire the patrons ran amuck, blocking the exit"

  3. amok, amuck, murderouslyadverb

    in a murderous frenzy

    "rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones"


  1. amokadverb

    Out of control, especially when armed and dangerous

  2. amokadverb

    In a frenzy of violence, or on a killing spree; berserk

  3. Etymology: From amuk, form of mengamuk.


  1. amok

    Amok is a 1996 mech-themed action video game for Windows and Sega Saturn. Players guide a robot called "Slambird" through nine different scenarios to complete several objectives. The game was noted for its use of voxel-based graphics for its environments rather than the polygonal models which were standard at the time of its release. Developed by Lemon, Amok began as a technology demo for the Sega 32X, but was reworked for the Saturn after Sega discontinued support for the 32X.


  1. amok

    Amok, often spelled "amuck," is a term used to describe a situation or person acting wildly, out of control, or in a violent frenzy. It is often used in the phrase "run amok" to describe chaos or disorder. The term originated from the Malay/Indonesian word "amuk," indicating a state of murderous frenzy.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. amok

    A term signifying slaughter, but denoting the practice of the Malays, when infuriated to madness with bang (a preparation from a species of hemp), of sallying into the streets, or decks, to murder any whom they may chance to meet, until they are either slain or fall from exhaustion.--To run a-muck. To run madly and attack all we meet (Pope, Dryden). As in the case of mad dogs, certain death awaited them, for if not killed in being taken, torture and impalement followed.

Suggested Resources

  1. AMOK

    What does AMOK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the AMOK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

How to pronounce amok?

How to say amok in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amok in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amok in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of amok in a Sentence

  1. Larry Hogan:

    Some of this other stuff to me... is really going too far. And it's political correctness run amok. Where do we draw the line?

  2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    I never talked about a wall of the north, I'm certainly not now. That's just what happens when things get run amok, this is just a joke in terms of how people react to things. I've said for some time that you need to secure the southern border. I've talked about the infrastructure, the personnel, the technology needed there. I've talked about enforcing the laws.

  3. Chuck Nice:

    That's what comedians are talking about when they say college campuses have become places where sensitivity has run amok, there are tons of stories like that.

  4. Donald Trump:

    We need somebody strong that can rein it in. Because, as I think you've all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok. They have run amok.

  5. Stuart Pimm:

    There are parts of the world where invasive species have gone amok, and that tells us we need to be very careful not to bring in any more to do any more harm, we need to be better stewards so that we can share these wonderful animals with our children and grandchildren.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for amok

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for amok »


Find a translation for the amok definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"amok." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 10 Dec. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/amok>.

Discuss these amok definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for amok? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    express strong disapproval of
    • A. condemn
    • B. interrupt
    • C. deny
    • D. observe

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for amok: