berth / bər[unvoicedth]/ • n. 1. a ship's allotted place at a wharf or dock.2. a fixed bed or bunk on a ship, train, or other means of transport.3. inf. (often in a sports context) a situation or position in an organization or event: today's victory clinched a berth for the Orioles in the playoffs.• v. [tr.] 1. moor (a ship) in its allotted place: these modern ships can almost berth themselves. ∎ [intr.] (of a ship) dock: the Dutch freighter berthed at the Brooklyn docks.2. (of a passenger ship) provide a sleeping place for (someone).PHRASES: give a wide berth stay away from someone or something: I'd sworn to give women a wide berth.