Definition of berk in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəːk/
(also burk or burke)


British informal
A stupid person.
Example sentences
  • People who glamourise heavy drinking are berks.
  • Full-scale, ceiling-splattering explosions are rare, but then berks like my former colleague John are pretty rare as well.
  • Even without his help there are clearly enough berks in that house to ensure failure at every turn.


1930s: abbreviation of Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt, rhyming slang for 'cunt'.

  • This British slang term for a stupid person is generally regarded as fairly acceptable in polite society, but it has a rude origin. It is an abbreviation of Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt, rhyming slang for what has increasingly been called, since the 1970s the C word. The first written example dates from the late 1920s.

Words that rhyme with berk

berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk, erk, irk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, perk, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work

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