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
Then bed down in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, with views of the wharf from your private room at the Steamboat Inn.
Afterward, stumble out into North Beach and walk it off on a stroll down to the Wharf.
For some reason or other he wished to ignore his instructor who was screaming on the end of the wharf.The White Waterfall|James Francis Dwyer
I strolled leisurely along, so that it was half-past by the time I reached the wharf.The Kidnapped President|Guy Boothby
The steamer arrived at her wharf at ten o'clock this morning, and a few minutes later.Born Again|Alfred Lawson
The last bale of goods was being unloaded from the steamer when they reached the wharf.The River of Darkness|William Murray Graydon
He looked down at the throng on the wharf, and up and down the rail at his fellow passengers.The Brand of Silence|Harrington Strong
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.