- a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload or to lie at rest; quay; pier.
- a riverbank.
- the shore of the sea.
- to provide with a wharf or wharves.
- to place or store on a wharf: The schedule allowed little time to wharf the cargo.
- to accommodate at or bring to a wharf: The new structure will wharf several vessels.
- to tie up at a wharf; dock: The ship wharfed in the early morning.
Origin of wharf
- Spinning. a wheel or round piece of wood on a spindle, serving as a flywheel or as a pulley.
Origin of wharve
- a platform of timber, stone, concrete, etc, built parallel to the waterfront at a harbour or navigable river for the docking, loading, and unloading of ships
- the wharves NZ the working area of a dock
- an obsolete word for shore 1
- to moor or dock at a wharf
- to provide or equip with a wharf or wharves
- to store or unload on a wharf
- a wooden disc or wheel on a shaft serving as a flywheel or pulley
Word Origin and History for wharves'
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.