berk

burk

noun

British slang a stupid person; fool

Word Origin for berk

C20: shortened from Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt rhyming slang for cunt
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Examples from the Web for berk

Contemporary Examples of berk

  • Berk, a woman, helps Gibson look marginally less like a dangerous, fire-breathing misogynist.

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    Rebecca Dana

    July 25, 2010

Historical Examples of berk

  • Well, you can have the support of Berk's voice; I am sure it is big enough.

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    Amy E. Blanchard

  • What did Berk have to say besides mentioning that he was proud of you?

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    Amy E. Blanchard

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

    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


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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