wharf

noun \ ˈhwȯrf , ˈwȯrf \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of wharf

plural wharves play \ˈhwȯrvz, ˈwȯrvz\ also wharfs
1 : a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of navigable waters so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers
2 obsolete : the bank of a river or the shore of the sea

Examples of wharf in a Sentence

  1. tied the rowboat up at the wharf

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Origin and Etymology of wharf

Middle English, from Old English hwearf embankment, wharf; akin to Old English hweorfan to turn, Old High German hwerban, Greek karpos wrist

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WHARF Defined for English Language Learners

wharf

noun

Definition of wharf for English Language Learners

  • : a flat structure that is built along the shore of a river, ocean, etc., so that ships can load and unload cargo or passengers


WHARF Defined for Kids

wharf

noun \ ˈhwȯrf , ˈwȯrf \

Definition of wharf for Students

plural wharves \ˈhwȯrvz, ˈwȯrvz\ also wharfs
: a structure built on the shore for loading and unloading ships


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