- one of a group of early Norse warriors known for their ferocity in battle
- one who is like a berserker, as in behaving violently, with frenzy or rage, etc.
Origin of berserkerOld Norse berserkr, warrior clothed in bearskin ; from bera, bear + serkr, coat
One of a band of ancient Norse warriors legendary for their savagery and reckless frenzy in battle.
Origin of berserkerOld Norse berserkr : perhaps ber-, bear (akin to bj&odie;rn, bear, and bera, she-bear, from the bear-skins perhaps worn by the warriors ; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots) or berr, bare (from the fact that ancient European warriors often fought nude ; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots) + serkr, shirt.