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This page has 8 definitions of berserk with English translations in 4 languages. Berserk is a noun and adjective. Examples of how to use berserk in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
English berserk definition
The noun is borrowed from Old Norse berserkr (“Norse warrior who fights in a frenzy”), probably from bjǫrn (“bear”) + serkr (“coat; shirt”), referring to the bearskins which the warriors wore. Bjǫrn is possibly ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH- (“brown”); and serkr from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (“to bind, tie together; thread”). Alternatively, it has been suggested that the first element of the word is from berr (“bare, naked”), referring to warriors who went into battle without armour, but this is now thought unlikely. Doublet of berserker.
- Hyphenation: ber‧serk
berserk (plural berserks)
- (historical) Synonym of
- 1848, [Charles Kingsley], “New Actors, and a New Stage”, in Yeast: A Problem. […], London: John W[illiam] Parker, […], published 1851, OCLC 1198240581, page 40:
- She had heard of his profligacy, his bursts of fierce Berserk-madness; and yet now these very faults, instead of repelling, seemed to attract her, and intensify her longing to save him.
- Furiously, injuriously, or maniacally violent or out of control.
- After seeing his sister stabbed to death, he went berserk and attacked the killer like a wild animal.
- 1908 (date written), Rudyard Kipling, “Regulus”, in A Diversity of Creatures, London: Macmillan and Co., […], published 1917, OCLC 16873007, page 264:
- 'You went Berserk. I've read all about it in Hypatia.' […] 'You've gone Berserk and pretty soon you'll go to sleep. But you'll probably be liable to fits of it all your life,' Beetle concluded.
- (by extension)
- Bizarre; weird.
- 2017 June 26, Alexis Petridis, “Glastonbury 2017 verdict: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stormzy and more”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 30 March 2022:
- [T]he writer conjured up a dystopian fantasy more berserk than anything you might find yourself listening to in the small hours at the Stone Circle.
- Wildly joyous; ecstatic.
- Bizarre; weird.
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Czech berserk definition
- berserk in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
- berserk in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
French berserk definition
berserk m (plural berserks)
Polish berserk definition
berserk m pers