Berserk is another way of saying deranged, destructively violent, or unrestrained — like a wailing toddler ravaging the playroom when he's hopped up on sugar and long overdue for a nap.

Famous writer and runner George Sheehan said, “If you want to win anything – a race, your self, your life – you have to go a little berserk.” He must have been thinking of the fierce Norse warriors called berserkrs that inspired the adjective we know to mean "crazed." Those warriors were feared to be fighters of superhuman strength who wore bear skins and chewed madly at their iron shields. It's safe to say most of their opponents ran away crying.

Definitions of berserk

adj frenzied as if possessed by a demon

berserk with grief”
“a berserk worker smashing windows”
amok, amuck, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed
afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement

n one of the ancient Norse warriors legendary for working themselves into a frenzy before a battle and fighting with reckless savagery and insane fury

Type of:
Norse, Northman, Scandinavian
an inhabitant of Scandinavia

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