Origin of berley

First recorded in 1870–75; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for berley

Historical Examples of berley

  • He was destined to learn much regarding the true nature of that mysterious young person who called herself Berley Todd.

  • Closing the door softly behind her, Berley Todd stepped out upon the short platform which served both as doorstep and dock.

  • Her eyes were dreamy as she stared at the fire, that petite, vivacious little lady, Berley Todd.

  • As if to escape the sight, Berley Todd turned and glided silently up the hill.

  • As Berley stole a glance at the young football star she read approval in his eyes, and was satisfied.

British Dictionary definitions for berley



  1. bait scattered on water to attract fish
  2. slang rubbish; nonsense
verb (tr)
  1. to scatter (bait) on water
  2. to hurry (someone); urge on

Word Origin for berley

origin unknown
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