wharf rat


noun
  1. a large brown rat that is commonly found on wharves.

  2. a person who lives or loiters near wharves, often existing by pilfering from ships or warehouses.

Origin of wharf rat

1
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for wharf rat

wharf rat

noun
  1. any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves

  2. informal a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes

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