alternate as a type of berserk (q.v.), from Old Norse berserkr, accusative of berserk. This is actually the earliest kind of the word with its revival in Modern English (1822), and maybe Scott, which launched it, mistook the -r for an agent-noun suffix. Further compicated as it has the type of the Old Norse plural, and English berserker often is plural.
one of several old Norse warriors renowned for working on their own into a frenzy before a battle and battling with reckless savagery and insane fury
- One of a class of famous heroes, just who fought frenzied by intoxicating liquors, and naked, regardless of injuries.
- One who battles like frenzied, like a Berserker.
(letter.) Among a course of popular heroes, who fought frenzied by intoxicating liquors, and nude, no matter wounds.
- (letter.) One who battles like frenzied, like a Berserker.
In Old Norse the term berserker thus became synonymous with reckless courage, and was later applied to the bodyguards of several of the Scandinavian heroes.