[ hwawr-fin-jer, wawr- ]
/ ˈʰwɔr fɪn dʒər, ˈwɔr- /


a person who owns or has charge of a wharf.

Origin of wharfinger

1545–55; wharfage + -er1, with -n- as in passenger, messenger, etc.
Also called wharf·mas·ter [hwawrf-mas-ter, -mah-ster, wawrf-] /ˈʰwɔrfˌmæs tɛr, -ˌmɑ stər, ˈwɔrf-/.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wharfinger

British Dictionary definitions for wharfinger


/ (ˈwɔːfɪndʒə) /


an owner or manager of a wharf

Word Origin for wharfinger

C16: probably alteration of wharfager (see wharfage, -er 1); compare harbinger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wharfinger



"operator or manager of a wharf," 1550s, from wharfage (mid-15c.), from wharf (q.v.) + agent noun suffix -er + intrusive -n- as in messenger.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper