\ ˈ(h)wȯrf How to pronounce wharf (audio) \
plural wharves\ ˈ(h)wȯrvz How to pronounce wharf (audio) \ also wharfs

Definition of wharf

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

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Examples of wharf in a Sentence

tied the rowboat up at the wharf
Recent Examples on the Web Their flagship store on Newport’s wharf is the place to pick up some outfits for blending in around town or boarding one of the yacht’s docked just a few feet away. Katie Lockhart, House Beautiful, 22 July 2021 Eating lunch while watching the waves from Longboard’s Grill on the wharf was a close second. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Casual diners are best suited to the wharf-level Candy Store cafe and Summer Sushi bar, where there’s a more relaxed vibe and a menu that includes a lobster roll ($27), sandwiches, and salads. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2021 Baccari wrote the text describing the fishing industry on historic markers scattered along the wharf. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2021 Byrne stood outside the theatre, on the Sydney Harbour wharf. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 12 June 2021 Fishermen at a San Pedro dock heard tires screeching on the pavement as a car sped off the wharf and sailed 50 feet through the air before splashing into the harbor. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 With a brass band playing on the wharf, the Carnival Sensation docked at the Mobile Cruise Terminal, where staff members from USA Health planned to go on board to provide first doses for 110 crew members. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2021 However, this wharf is now several hundred meters away from the sea and several meters above sea level. David Bressan, Forbes, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of wharf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wharf. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wharf

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


\ ˈhwȯrf How to pronounce wharf (audio) , ˈwȯrf \
plural wharves\ ˈhwȯrvz , ˈwȯrvz \ also wharfs

Kids Definition of wharf

: a structure built on the shore for loading and unloading ships

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