- 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 bertheddock, settle, tether, berth, moor, rendezvous, anchor, secure, fix, attach, fasten, alight, thump, pilot, debark, disembark, ditch, steer, ground, chain
Examples from the Web for berthed
Historical Examples of 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
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.