- a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload or to lie at rest; quay; pier.
- a riverbank.
- the shore of the sea.
- to provide with a wharf or wharves.
- to place or store on a wharf: The schedule allowed little time to wharf the cargo.
- to accommodate at or bring to a wharf: The new structure will wharf several vessels.
- to tie up at a wharf; dock: The ship wharfed in the early morning.
Origin of wharf
Examples from the Web for wharf
Then bed down in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, with views of the wharf from your private room at the Steamboat Inn.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
Afterward, stumble out into North Beach and walk it off on a stroll down to the Wharf.The Easygoing Flair of San Francisco
April 10, 2010
"Looks as if there were something doing there," said Percival, as they drove off the wharf.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We all went ashore in this canoe, then, and were soon alongside of a wharf.
There was no wharf, and it was always necessary to get ashore through a surf.
When we got back to Charleston, our ship lay at her own wharf, and I saw nothing of my chap.
Two of them bore a small chest which they set down on the wharf.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- a platform of timber, stone, concrete, etc, built parallel to the waterfront at a harbour or navigable river for the docking, loading, and unloading of ships
- the wharves NZ the working area of a dock
- an obsolete word for shore 1
- to moor or dock at a wharf
- to provide or equip with a wharf or wharves
- to store or unload on a wharf
Word Origin and History for wharf
late Old English hwearf "shore, bank where ships can tie up," earlier "dam, embankment," from Proto-Germanic *khwarfaz (cf. Middle Low German werf "mole, dam, wharf," German Werft "shipyard, dockyard"); related to Old English hwearfian "to turn," perhaps in a sense implying "busy activity," from PIE root *kwerp- "to turn, revolve" (cf. Old Norse hverfa "to turn round," German werben "to enlist, solicit, court, woo," Gothic hvairban "to wander," Greek kartos "wrist," Sanskrit surpam "winnowing fan"). Wharf rat "person who hangs around docks" is recorded from 1836.