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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
  • "That is what berk said," returned Linda with a little pleased smile.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • What did berk have to say besides mentioning that he was proud of you?

    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
  • By the way, if berk has examined those papers he must know the relationship.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • berk watches out for your every step, makes way for you, as it were.

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

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • Mr. berk he shake he haid an' say, 'Um-um, dat sholy look good.'

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • berk, on the other hand, perceived the spirit rather than the commercial value.

    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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