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From Old English stæð and/or Old Norse stödh (“harbor”).
staithe (plural staithes)
- (UK, obsolete) A riverbank
- (UK, archaic or dialectal) A fixed structure where ships land, especially to load and unload; wharf; landing stage.
The landing stage sense is common in place names, particularly in the former Danelaw area of east and north-east England where it remains dialectal in use.