berserk vs berserker what difference

what is difference between berserk and berserker

English

Alternative forms

  • beserk
  • berzerk
  • beresque (Australian, jocular)

Etymology

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)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bə(ɹ)ˈzɜː(ɹ)k/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)k

Noun

berserk (plural berserks)

  1. (historical) A crazed Norse warrior who fought in a frenzy; a berserker.

Translations

Adjective

berserk (comparative more berserk, superlative most berserk)

  1. Injuriously, maniacally, or furiously violent or out of control.
  2. Weird; bizarre.

Derived terms

  • berserkly

Translations

See also

  • Úlfhéðinn

Further reading

  • berserk at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • berserk, berserker, beserk at Google Ngram Viewer

Anagrams

  • Kerbers

Czech

Alternative forms

  • berserkr

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɛrsɛrk]

Noun

berserk m

  1. berserk

Further reading

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

French

Etymology

From Old Norse berserkr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛʁ.zɛʁk/

Noun

berserk m (plural berserks)

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

Polish

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛr.sɛrk/

Noun

berserk m pers

  1. (mythology) berserk

Declension

Further reading

  • berserk in Polish dictionaries at PWN


English

Alternative forms

  • berserkar
  • beserker

Etymology

Introduced in English with the spelling berserkar by Walter Scott in his 1822 novel The Pirate from Old Norse berserkr. The science fiction sense was coined by Fred Saberhagen in 1963 in his Berserker series.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)kə(ɹ)

Noun

berserker (plural berserkers)

  1. A berserk (a crazed Norse warrior who fought in a frenzy).
  2. One who fights as if frenzied, like a berserker.
  3. (science fiction) A type of von Neumann probe whose mission is to exterminate alien lifeforms.

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