Origin obscure, but apparently from Middle English *berth (“bearing, carriage”) (compare Middle English beard, bærde (“bearing, conduct”)), equivalent to bear + -th. Compare also Dutch gebaarde, German Gebärde.
berth (plural berths)
- A fixed bunk for sleeping in (caravans, trains, etc).
- Room for maneuvering or safety. (Often used in the phrase a wide berth.)
- A space for a ship to moor or a vehicle to park.
- (nautical) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside.
- A job or position, especially on a ship.
- (sports) Position or seed in a tournament bracket.
- (sports) position on the field of play
2012 December 29, Paul Doyle, “Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle”, in The Guardian:
- Olivier Giroud then entered the fray and Walcott reverted to his more familiar berth on the right wing, quickly creating his side's fifth goal by crossing for Giroud to send a plunging header into the net from close range.
space to moor
position on a ship
- (transitive) to bring (a ship or vehicle) into its berth
- (transitive) to assign a berth (bunk or position) to
to bring a ship into berth