Big Bertha


noun Informal.

a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I.

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British Dictionary definitions for Big Bertha

Big Bertha

noun

any of three large German guns of World War I used to bombard Paris

Word Origin for Big Bertha

C20: approximate translation of German dicke Bertha : fat Bertha; named after Bertha Krupp, at whose works in Essen a very effective 42 cm mortar was made
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