What does amuck mean?

amuck meaning in General Dictionary

In a frenzied and careless fashion

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  • in a murderous madness
  • wildly; without self-control
  • extremely frenzied and out of control
  • In a frenzied and reckless manner.

amuck meaning in Etymology Dictionary

17c., variation of amok; addressed as a muck by Dryden, Byron, etc., and defended by Fowler, whom considered amok didacticism.

amuck meaning in General Dictionary

(a. & adv.) In a frenzied and careless fashion.

Sentence Examples with the word amuck

It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run amuck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.

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