noun, plural wharves [hwawrvz, wawrvz] /ʰwɔrvz, wɔrvz/, wharfs.
- a riverbank.
- the shore of the sea.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wharf
Examples from the Web for wharf
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of wharf
"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
noun plural wharves (wɔːvz) or wharfs
Word Origin 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.