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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

In both Berkeley and Berkshire, berk is pronounced in RP like bark (IPA(key): /bɑː(ɹ)k/). In other cases such as Cockney and American English pronunciation, it rhymes with work.

NounEdit

berk (plural berks)

  1. (Britain, slang, pejorative, sometimes affectionate) A fool, prat, twit.
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang, vulgar) Cunt.

Usage notesEdit

Not perceived as excessively rude, perhaps because its origin in rhyming slang is not well known.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Chambers Dictionary: Entry for berk
  • Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green. Pub. Cassel & Co. →ISBN

AnagramsEdit


AlbanianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From berr (cf. derk from derr).

NounEdit

berk m

  1. goat
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

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

  1. bast

ReferencesEdit

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

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch berke, from Old Dutch *berka, from Proto-Germanic *berkō.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

berk m (plural berken, diminutive berkje n)

  1. birch

TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

berk

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

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit