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

adv wildly; without self-control

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

adv in a murderous frenzy

“rioters running amuck and throwing sticks and bottles and stones”
amok, murderously

adj frenzied as if possessed by a demon

“the soldier was completely amuck
amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed
afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.