(third-person singular simple present berghs, present participle berghing, simple past and past participle berghed)
From Middle English berghen, berwen, berÈhen, berÈen, from Old English beorgan (“to save, deliver, preserve, guard, defend, fortify, spare, beware of, avoid, guard against"), from Proto-Germanic *berganÄ… (“to shelter, protect"), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (“to protect, defend, save, preserve"). Cognate with Dutch bergen (“to store, save, rescue"), German bergen (“to salvage, recover, hise, rescue, save"), Icelandic bjarga (“to save"), Russian Ð±ÐµÑ€ÐµÑ‡ÑŒ (berÃ©ch' < beregti, “to protect, defend, save, preserve"). Related to bury.
From Middle English berg, berÈ, berÈe, from Old English beorg (in compounds) (compare scÅ«rbeorg (“roof, shelter from the storm")), from Old English beorgan (“to shelter, protect"). See above.
- (UK dialectal) A hill.