/ bərˈzərk; -ˈsərk/
(of a person or animal) out of control with anger or excitement; wild or frenzied:
after she left him, he went berserk, throwing things about the apartment.
(of a mechanical device or system) operating in a wild or erratic way; out of control:
the climate control went berserk and either roasted or froze us.
(of a procedure, program, or activity) fluctuating wildly:
the stock market's gone berserk, with sugar at 15.27 cents a pound.
ORIGIN: early 19th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a wild Norse warrior who fought with frenzy): from Old Norse berserkr (noun), probably from birn-, bjҩrn + serkr ‘coat,’ but also possibly from berr ‘bare’ (i.e., without armor).
, berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk
, erk, irk, jerk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, perk, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work
•Selkirk • Falkirk • Atatürk
•patchwork • handwork • waxwork
•craftwork • headwork • legwork
•metalwork • guesswork
•breastwork • daywork • spadework
•framework • brainwork
•paintwork • beadwork • fieldwork
•needlework • teamwork • piecework
•brickwork • handiwork • bodywork
•basketwork • donkeywork • telework
•clockwork • knotwork • formwork
•coursework • falsework
•groundwork • housework
•coachwork • roadwork • homework
•stonework • woodwork • bookwork
•footwork • brushwork • firework
•ironwork • underwork • wickerwork
•paperwork • openwork • camerawork