- 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.
verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
Origin of berth
Synonyms for berth
Related Words for berthdock, wharf, port, spot, quay, cot, anchorage, billet, jetty, bed, levee, slip, bedroom, compartment, pier, haven, hammock, living, capacity, appointment
Examples from the Web for berth
Contemporary Examples of berth
Only then would a racer likely get a chance at a World Cup berth, from the very back of the start list.Skiing Prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin Looks Ahead to Sochi
December 1, 2013
They arranged for a berth for Liebling on LCI(L)-88, one of the first large landing crafts scheduled to hit Omaha.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
Historical Examples of berth
I'm sorry for you an' the crew,' says he, 'an' I wisht I hadn't took the berth.Quaint Courtships
The ships did not get clear without some trouble, and we thought it wisest to shift our berth.
The schooner ahead of us had to cut, and she shifted her berth outside of us.
We thought it best to give these dare-devils a berth, and so we left them.
All this was done, I getting a berth from which I could see the female.
Word Origin for berth
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.
see give a wide berth to.