What does Berserk mean?

Berserk meaning in General Dictionary

frenzied crazed often in predicate position

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  • One of a class of renowned heroes who fought frenzied by intoxicating liquors and nude aside from injuries
  • extremely frenzied and unmanageable
  • among the old Norse warriors celebrated for working on their own into a frenzy before a battle and battling with reckless savagery and outrageous fury
  • Alt. of Berserker

Berserk meaning in Medical Dictionary

Frenzied, enraged. From Norse berserkr, among old Norse warriors just who worked themselves into a frenzy.

Berserk meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1844, from berserk (n.) "Norse warrior," by 1835, an alternative solution kind of berserker (1822), a word that was introduced by Sir Walter Scott, from Old Norse berserkr (letter.) "raging warrior of superhuman energy;" most likely from *ber- "bear" + serkr "shirt," thus literally "a warrior clothed in bearskin." Thus not from Old Norse berr "bare, naked." Thorkelin, within the essay regarding Berserkir, appended to his edition of Krisini Saga, informs that a vintage name for the Berserk frenzy had been hamremmi, i.e., strength acquired from another odd human anatomy, as it had been anciently thought that the people who were liable to this madness had been mysteriously endowed, during its accesses, with a strange human anatomy of unearthly energy. If, however, the Berserk was called on by his own name, he lost their mystical form, and his ordinary energy alone remained. ["Notes and questions," Dec. 28, 1850] The adjectival use probably is from these types of expressions as berserk frenzy, or as a name (Arngrim the Berserk).

Berserk meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Alt. of Berserker