berserk

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Old Norse berserkr (Icelandic berserkur, Swedish bärsärk), probably from bjǫrn (bear) + serkr (coat) but perhaps instead from berr (bare, naked) + serkr (coat)

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  • IPA(key): /bə(ɹ)ˈzɜː(ɹ)k/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)k
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Noun[edit]

berserk (plural berserks)

  1. (historical) A crazed Norse warrior who fought in a frenzy; a berserker.
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      The Professor, with his face flushed, his nostrils dilated, and his beard bristling, was now in a proper Berserk mood.

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berserk (comparative more berserk, superlative most berserk)

  1. Injuriously, maniacally, or furiously violent or out of control.
    After seeing his sister stabbed to death, he went berserk and attacked the killer like a wild animal.
    • 2021 October 12, Jamie Lyall, “Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      In amongst the strife, Scott McTominay, whose stoppage-time winner against Israel sent Hampden berserk, and Ryan Christie offered signs of an attacking pulse.
  2. Weird; bizarre.
    • 2017 June 26, Alexis Petridis, “Glastonbury 2017 verdict: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stormzy and more”, in the Guardian[3]:
      ...the writer conjured up a dystopian fantasy more berserk than anything you might find yourself listening to in the small hours at the Stone Circle.

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Czech[edit]

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berserk m

  1. berserk

Further reading[edit]

  • berserk in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • berserk in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse berserkr.

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berserk m (plural berserks)

  1. (historical) berserk, berserker (frenzied Norse warrior)

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse berserkr (Icelandic berserkur, Swedish bärsärk), probably from bjǫrn (bear) + serkr (coat).

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berserk m pers

  1. (mythology) berserk

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Further reading[edit]

  • berserk in Polish dictionaries at PWN