[hwawr-fij, wawr-]
  1. the use of a wharf: to charge higher rates for wharfage.
  2. storage of goods at a wharf: conditions that make wharfage hazardous.
  3. the charge or payment for the use of a wharf: to pay one's wharfage monthly.
  4. wharves collectively, especially the number of wharves in a particular port.

Origin of wharfage

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at wharf, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for wharfage


  1. accommodation for ships at wharves
  2. a charge for use of a wharf
  3. wharves collectively
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