[ burth ]
/ bɜrθ /


verb (used with object)

  1. to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.
  2. to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage: The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.
to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.

verb (used without object)

Nautical. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.


    give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from: Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.

Origin of berth

1615–25; probably bear1 + -th1

Related forms

un·berth, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

berth birth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for berthing


/ (bɜːθ) /



Word Origin for berth

C17: probably from bear 1 + -th 1
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Idioms and Phrases with berthing


see give a wide berth to.

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