wher·​ry | \ ˈhwer-ē How to pronounce wherry (audio) , ˈwer- \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wherry

Time Traveler for wherry

Time Traveler

The first known use of wherry was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wherry

Cite this Entry

“Wherry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherry. Accessed 23 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on wherry

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wherry

Comments on wherry

What made you want to look up wherry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


out of the ordinary or unreasonable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!