wher·​ry | \ ˈ(h)wer-ē How to pronounce wherry (audio) \
plural wherries

Definition of wherry

1 : any of various light boats: such as
a : a long light rowboat made sharp at both ends and used to transport passengers on rivers and about harbors
b : a racing scull for one person
2 : a large light barge, lighter, or fishing boat varying in type in different parts of Great Britain

First Known Use of wherry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wherry

Middle English whery

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“Wherry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherry. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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