berserk /bəˈzəːk, bəˈsəːk/


I. adjective

out of control with anger or excitement; wild or frenzied

a man went berserk with an arsenal of guns.
– origin early 19th cent. (originally as a noun denoting an ancient Norse warrior who fought with wild or uncontrolled ferocity): from Old Norse berserkr (noun), probably from birn-, bjorn (see bear2) + serkr ‘coat’, but also possibly from berr ‘bare’ (i.e. without armour).

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