- a shelflike sleeping space, as on a ship, airplane, or railroad car.
- the space allotted to a vessel at anchor or at a wharf.
- the distance maintained between a vessel and the shore, another vessel, or any object.
- the position or rank of a ship's officer.
- the cabin of a ship's officer.
- a job; position.
- a place, listing, or role: She clinched a berth on our tennis team.
- to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.
- to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage: The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.
- to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.
- Nautical. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.
- give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from: Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.
Origin of berth
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Examples from the Web for berthed
How could this man have left my cabin as he had done, and yet now be berthed in his own?The Iron Pirate
Jim, who had to work his passage, slept in the fore-peak, but I was berthed aft.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
"He was off the moment we berthed," said his father, suppressing a smile.At Sunwich Port, Complete
When this had been done the Will Arding was berthed as near as possible to the boiler.A Floating Home
His ship must have been berthed in the East India Docks; they are much further off.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
- a bed or bunk in a vessel or train, usually narrow and fixed to a wall
- nautical a place assigned to a ship at a mooring
- nautical sufficient distance from the shore or from other ships or objects for a ship to manoeuvre
- give a wide berth to to keep clear of; avoid
- nautical accommodation on a ship
- informal a job, esp as a member of a ship's crew
- (tr) nautical to assign a berth to (a vessel)
- nautical to dock (a vessel)
- (tr) to provide with a sleeping place, as on a vessel or train
- (intr) nautical to pick up a mooring in an anchorage
Word Origin and History for berthed
1620s, "convenient sea room" (both for ships and sailors), of uncertain origin, probably from bear (v.) + abstract noun suffix -th (2) as in strength, health, etc. Original sense is preserved in phrase to give (something or someone) wide berth. Meaning "place on a ship to stow chests, room for sailors" is from 1706; extended to non-nautical situations by 1778.
1660s, of ships, from berth (n.). Of persons (intransitive), from 1886. Related: Berthed; berthing.
Idioms and Phrases with berthed
see give a wide berth to.