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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wharf, from Old English hwearf (heap, embankment, wharf); related to Old English hweorfan (to turn), Old Saxon hwerf (whence German Werft), Dutch werf, Old High German hwarb (a turn), hwerban (to turn), Old Norse hvarf (circle), and Ancient Greek καρπός (karpós, wrist).

PronunciationEdit

In New Zealand, even those who distinguish wine and whine are likely to pronounce as /wɔːf/.
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)f

NounEdit

wharf (plural wharves or wharfs)

  1. A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
    • 1834-1874, George Bancroft, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.
      Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott”, in Poems. [], volume I, London: Edward Moxon, [], OCLC 1008064829, part IV, page 86:
      Out upon the wharfs they came, / Knight and burgher, lord and dame, / And round the prow they read her name, / The Lady of Shalott.
  2. The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.

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VerbEdit

wharf (third-person singular simple present wharfs, present participle wharfing, simple past and past participle wharfed)

  1. (transitive) To secure by a wharf.
  2. (transitive) To place on a wharf.

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English hwearf.

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NounEdit

wharf (plural wharves)

  1. wharf

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: wharf
  • Scots: wharf

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