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
Historical Examples of wharves
And drawing lazily on his cigar Dillon was watching a new line of wharves.The Harbor
The cabman druv 'im to somewhere on South Street, by the wharves.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Most of this is now a thing of the past and the dredges lie rotting at the wharves.The Negro Farmer
He had been down to the wharves since early in the morning, seeking for employment.The Cash Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
Think of the great wide flowing river with its wharves and its boats.Where We Live
Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
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.