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 (bûr′kē) Scots
A man, especially one who is spirited and energetic.
Lively; spirited; cocky.

[Possibly akin to Middle English berken, to bark, from Old English beorcan.]


1. a spirited or lively person
2. a foolish posturer
[C18: perhaps related to Old English beorcan to bark; compare Old Norse berkia]
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The seven-race card gets underway at 1.40pm with the Start Your Racing TV Free Trial Now Selling Stakes and Lambourn trainer Stan Moore could hold the key with two runners, Birkie Queen and Brown Eyes Blue.
Ream is on his way to Hayward, Wisconsin, to ski in the American Birkebeiner, more commonly called the Birkie, a 55-kilometer cross-country ski race that is one of the longest -- more than 34 miles -- and most difficult in the country, if not the world.
Even though it's got that bit that starts, "Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord," I'm sure Sadie our Provost would agree that Burns knew that for a good, just and beautiful life, we must be worth all that we are.
Schmieding skis a challenging three-kilometer portion of the Birkie that is geared specifically to skiers with disabilities.
His gift for describing detail brings the town and its history to life, from the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, to comical lawnmower races, to the "Birkie," the largest cross-country ski marathon in the country.
Frail greyhound Birkie was beaten and starved before being thrown from a moving car and left for dead in the street.
BIRKIE the cockatoo used to turn the air blue along with all the other pub regulars...but that stopped when he fell in love with a posh new bird.
Is There For Honest Poverty is just as relevant today: "Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord, wa struts and stares and a that?
This winter she's doing her fourth American Birkebeiner (aka the Birkie), the nation's biggest cross-country skiing event.
Birkie the greyhound was named Scottish Pet Survivor of the Year when he overcame being beaten, starved and thrown from a moving car.
Now named Birkie, the young greyhound cross has grown into a lively dog thanks to his new caring owners.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princes Charles - the Duke of Rothesay - did not join in the verses about "Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord wha struts and stares an' a' that" and "a prince can mak a belted knight, a marquis, duke an' a' that, but an honest man's abune his might".