Meaning of berk in English:


(also burk, burke)

Pronunciation /bəːk/

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informal British
  • A stupid person.

    • ‘People who glamourise heavy drinking are berks.’
    • ‘Full-scale, ceiling-splattering explosions are rare, but then berks like my former colleague John are pretty rare as well.’
    • ‘Even without his help there are clearly enough berks in that house to ensure failure at every turn.’
    • ‘In living rooms up and down the country, people were probably saying ‘Those singers are all very well, but who's the berk in the background?’’
    • ‘No, you'll look like a berk in enormous granny boots.’
    • ‘The last time we met, our chat was interrupted by a berk landing his helicopter; that was a year ago, but it's the first thing he mentions today.’
    • ‘Luckily I don't think anyone was around to notice, so I still remain the only person who knows what a complete berk I am.’
    • ‘So I'd just like to apologise to Nicholas for calling him a berk.’
    • ‘I felt like a right berk driving back home with the flowers in my car.’
    • ‘And who among us would call someone a silly berk if they knew that the word originates from rhyming slang ‘Berkshire Hunt’?’
    • ‘You could swim around like a berk with water halfway up your nose.’
    • ‘Does he not care, that most of the human race probably think he is a bit of a berk?’
    • ‘‘You pitiful, foppish, berk,’ I irritably retorted, in my head.’
    • ‘‘Won't catch me putting out to sea with that berk,’ Dave said.’
    • ‘But needs must, and this is too important a point to neglect, so I am backing him even though he is a complete and utter berk.’
    • ‘As so many times before, he considered scrapping the annoying little robotic berk.’
    idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod


1930s abbreviation of Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt, rhyming slang for ‘cunt’.