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 (bər-sûr′kər, -zûr′-)
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.]
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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
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By now the word's probably out on Figgy's shenanigans, but as of this writing, the whole team seems to be in berzerker mode.
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There's nothing like a story with a happy ending, so it's with a big smile on my face that I bring you glad tidings from the hearth of the Berzerker.