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A stupid person.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘In living rooms up and down the country, people were probably saying ‘Those singers are all very well, but who's the berk in the background?’’
- ‘You could swim around like a berk with water halfway up your nose.’
- ‘People who glamourise heavy drinking are berks.’
- ‘I felt like a right berk driving back home with the flowers in my car.’
- ‘And who among us would call someone a silly berk if they knew that the word originates from rhyming slang ‘Berkshire Hunt’?’
- ‘‘Won't catch me putting out to sea with that berk,’ Dave said.’
- ‘Even without his help there are clearly enough berks in that house to ensure failure at every turn.’
- ‘As so many times before, he considered scrapping the annoying little robotic berk.’
- ‘Full-scale, ceiling-splattering explosions are rare, but then berks like my former colleague John are pretty rare as well.’
- ‘Luckily I don't think anyone was around to notice, so I still remain the only person who knows what a complete berk I am.’
- ‘No, you'll look like a berk in enormous granny boots.’
- ‘So I'd just like to apologise to Nicholas for calling him a berk.’
- ‘Does he not care, that most of the human race probably think he is a bit of a berk?’
- ‘But needs must, and this is too important a point to neglect, so I am backing him even though he is a complete and utter berk.’
- ‘The last time we met, our chat was interrupted by a berk landing his helicopter; that was a year ago, but it's the first thing he mentions today.’
- ‘‘You pitiful, foppish, berk,’ I irritably retorted, in my head.’
1930s: abbreviation of Berkeley or Berkshire Hunt, rhyming slang for ‘cunt’.
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