- wharton's duct,
- wharton's jelly,
- wharton, edith,
- what about,
- what do you know,
- what do you take me for?,
- what for
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
Origin of wharve
Examples from the Web for wharves
As we got close to the shore we saw plenty of level streets and wharves, and alongside of the wharves, ships.An American Hobo in Europe|Ben Goodkind
The wharves are piled high with bales and bags, boxes and barrels.Great Cities of the United States|Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth
The trade of the old East and the new West came to the London wharves, and every one was ready to take a risk.The Facts About Shakespeare|William Allan Nielson
On either bank, the wharves were thronged with shipping—straight masts and cobweb cordage, dense as primeval forests.Dust|Julian Hawthorne
Wharves for ocean-going steamers should ultimately be constructed at this important port.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)|Dean Conant Worcester
noun plural wharves (wɔːvz) or wharfs
Word Origin for wharf
Word Origin for wharve
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.