- a person who owns or has charge of a wharf.
Origin of wharfinger
Also called wharf·mas·ter [hwawrf-mas-ter, -mah-ster, wawrf-] /ˈʰwɔrfˌmæs tɛr, -ˌmɑ stər, ˈwɔrf-/.
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Examples from the Web for wharfinger
He turned to the wharfinger, who was pulling leisurely at his pipe.Ancestors
I asked the wharfinger if he knew her, but he had never seen her before.The Darrow Enigma
Melvin L. Severy
Mr. Gibney stepped into the wharfinger's office and requested permission to use the telephone.Captain Scraggs
Peter B. Kyne
The dock warrant was issued by the wharfinger as certificate that he held the goods.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2
They had reached the wharf office by this time, and were readily admitted by the wharfinger and given a place at the back end.
- an owner or manager of a wharf
C16: probably alteration of wharfager (see wharfage, -er 1); compare harbinger
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Word Origin and History for wharfinger
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