Sufficient space for a ship to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs. A space for a ship to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier. Employment on a ship: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine. A job: a comfortable berth as head of the department. A built-in bed or bunk, as on a ship or a train. A place to sleep or stay; accommodations: found a berth in a nearby hotel. A space where a vehicle can be parked, as for loading. To bring (a ship) to a berth. To provide with a berth. To come to a berth; dock. a wide berth Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence: gave their angry colleague a wide berth.