berk

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See also: Berk and bərk

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The usage is dated to the 1930s. A shortened version of Berkeley Hunt, the hunt based at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. In the Cockney rhyming slang, hunt is used as a rhyme for cunt giving the word berk its original slang meaning.

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Noun[edit]

berk (plural berks)

  1. (UK, slang, pejorative) A fool, prat, twit.
  2. (UK, slang) An idiot, in an affectionate sense.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, vulgar) Cunt.

Usage notes[edit]

It is not perceived to be excessively rude, perhaps because, whilst it is known for being a slang word, its origin in rhyming slang is not well known.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Chambers Dictionary: Entry for berk
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green. Pub. Cassel & Co. ISBN 0-304-35167-9

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From berr (cf. derk from derr).

Noun[edit]

berk m

  1. goat
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *bardz(i)ka, from *bardza < bardhë 'white'. Similar sense development as in barmë[1].

Noun[edit]

berk m (indefinite plural berkë, definite singular berku, definite plural berkët)

  1. bast

References[edit]

  1. ^ “berk” in Vladimir Orel (1998), Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Ledien, Boston, Köln: Brill Academic Publishers, page 21

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

berk m (plural berken, diminutive berkje n)

  1. birch

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Turkic bérk, from Proto-Turkic *berk (mighty), possibly derived from Proto-Altaic *parki ("mighty, brave"). Related to pek.

Adjective[edit]

berk

  1. strong, hard, robust, violent
  2. heroic
  3. firm, solid

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