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OTHER WORDS FROM berserkber·serk·ly, adverbber·serk·ness, noun
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What does berserk mean?
Berserk describes violent, destructive, or deranged behavior.
Berserk frequently describes someone who is acting wild, crazy, or deranged. It is commonly used with forms of the verb go, as in go berserk or went berserk, meaning someone suddenly erupted into a frenzy of angry or violent behavior.
In Norse and Germanic folklore, a berserk (or berserker) is a warrior who worships the Norse god Odin, fighting savagely and without control, possibly from eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. They were said to wear shirts made of bearskin (see “Where does berserk come from?” below) and were often the villains in Norse sagas. Today, this sense is used figuratively to define any person who is prone to acting out angrily, especially without cause.
Example: I told him that his music wasn’t even that great, and he went berserk.
Where does berserk come from?
The first records of the term berserk come from the mid-1800s. It comes from the Icelandic term berserk, which combines björn, meaning “bear,” and serkr, meaning “shirt.” The berserking warriors of legend are typically depicted as wearing bearskin armor.
Berserk is a common theme in violent fiction. The 1987 horror film “Berserker” is about the legend appearing in modern times, and the Japanese manga series Berserk features a character known for his wild, frenzied fighting style. The term berserk is also often used to describe fighters in TV, film, and professional wrestling.
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How is berserk used in real life?
Berserk is usually used critically or as an insult, almost always commenting on another person’s or an animal’s behavior.
Filming starts gently tomorrow. Then it goes berserk. See you all in Terminal 5.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 10, 2016
Kick your shoes off, let your hair down, go berserk… ALL NIGHT LONG.
— Ian Eastwood (@Ian_Eastwood) November 8, 2013
Berserk llama syndrome is a real condition where a llama believes its human owner is also a llama, causing the animal to become aggressive.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) May 7, 2016
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Is berserk used correctly in the following sentence?
Wendell went berserk, calmly walking across the field and into the woods.
How to use berserk in a sentence
“We all just went berserk with joy,” Martin recalled this week in a Zoom interview.‘Transformational’: MacKenzie Scott’s gifts to HBCUs, other colleges surpass $800 million|Nick Anderson, Lauren Lumpkin|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
A recent NBC report, for instance, describes how QAnon groups radicalized a woman into attacking a mask display at Target, and another into going berserk about masks at a Florida city government meeting.Will Facebook’s QAnon crackdown succeed? What people are saying so far|Jeff|August 20, 2020|Fortune
In the middle of the game, one of the mascots lost his head and went berserk, pushing kids out of the way to find it.Hulu is the New Netflix: Why You Should Watch ‘Behind the Mask’|Anna Brand|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“She accused me of sexual harassment and went completely berserk,” he says.Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Just take it from this household appliance that goes completely berserk when the music starts.Harlem Shake: The Best and Worst of the Viral Dance Routine|Anna Klassen|February 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The throw by Yankee outfielder Shane Spencer went literally berserk.Bissinger: Praying That Derek Jeter, Baseball’s Classiest Act, Returns to the Game|Buzz Bissinger|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was as if the human immune system had suddenly and inexplicably gone berserk.An Epidemic of Absence: Destroying the Bugs in Our Bodies Can Be Dangerous to Our Health|Moises Velasquez-Manoff|September 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If she's gone Berserk on your account, I warn you that she's in the mood to marry the first man in the street who's kind to her.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna
It came only when Bob went berserk, and fought with his hands.The Radio Boys Rescue the Lost Alaska Expedition|Gerald Breckenridge
With that the big servo-pilot took off for 22A like a berserk robot and we were right behind him.The Love of Frank Nineteen|David Carpenter Knight
He muttered half aloud and then quite suddenly went berserk.The Lone Ranger Rides|Fran Striker
Hægberg was going about with his leather apron hanging down over one shoulder, as furious as a Berserk.One of Life's Slaves|Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie