berserker

(redirected from Berserkir)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to Berserkir: Úlfhéðinn, Ulfhednar, Ulfheonar

ber·serk·er

 (bər-sûr′kər, -zûr′-)
n.
One of a band of ancient Norse warriors legendary for their savagery and reckless frenzy in battle.

[Old Norse berserkr : perhaps ber-, bear (akin to björn, bear, and bera, she-bear, from the bear-skins perhaps worn by the warriors ; see bher- 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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.berserker - one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury
Norse, Northman, Scandinavian - an inhabitant of Scandinavia
References in classic literature ?
like his Berserkir forefathers, and the blow went crashing through shield and spear, through head-dress, hair, and skull, till at last none would of their own will come near the great white "/umtagati/," the wizard, who killed and failed not.
and "Is this finally the season where Knattspyrnufelagid Berserkir get promoted to the Icelandic second division?
Sin embargo, asociado a otras figuras, como berserkir ("bravura") o el hamr ("apariencia"), con el macht existe la posibilidad de una metamorfosis {serkr) por la que los hombres se transforman en ciertos animales, como lobos, osos, etcetera.