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berk

/bɜːk/
noun
1.
(Brit, slang) a stupid person; fool
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt rhyming slang for cunt
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  • Well, you can have the support of berk's voice; I am sure it is big enough.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • Here's something else for your consideration, Linda: berk Matthews went with me.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • Whether I have them for supper or not is my look out, you tell Mr. berk.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • "berk would have bolted in through the kitchen," she commented.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • berk and I very seldom see one another; in fact, I have not laid eyes on him for weeks.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • If berk takes up your case, you may be sure of honest dealing, at least.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • And now, I suppose you know berk is off duck-shooting, and that is another delay for you.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • They were dumbfounded, that was all and, no doubt, berk is busy.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • "Well, I wouldn't give up this early in the game," berk continued his pleading.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
Word Origin and History for berk
n.

"fool," 1936, abbreviation of Berkshire Hunt (or Berkeley Hunt), rhyming slang for cunt but typically applied only to contemptible persons, not to the body part.

This is not an objective, anatomical term, neither does it imply coitus. It connects with that extension of meaning of the unprintable, a fool, or a person whom one does not like. ["Dictionary of Rhyming Slang," 1960]

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