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[bair-sahrk] /ˈbɛər sɑrk/
Scandinavian Legend. a berserker.
without armor.
Origin of baresark
1830-40; variant of berserk, as if bare1 + sark Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No baresark of them, nor Odin's self, was a bit of truer stuff.

  • Gizur looked first at his sword, then on the baresark, and lastly at Swanhild.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • "Then, thou yellow-headed puppy-dog, thou shalt go with one eye against a baresark with two," growled Ospakar.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • It was the wraith of the baresark that Brighteyes had slain—the first of all the men he slew.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • He cannot mount easily, and when the baresark comes he still lies on the neck of his horse.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Flopit was baresark from the first, and the mystery is where he learned the dog-cursing that he did.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • They break before the baresark rush; they break, they fall—they are cloven by baresark axe and trodden of baresark feet!

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Then one baresark shot a spear at Frodi, and cut his shoulder so that it bled.

  • So Eric told all the vision, and the baresark listened in silence.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Grani took the spoil from the baresark ship, and divided it into five parts.

British Dictionary definitions for baresark


another word for berserk (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: literally: bare shirt
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