[ hwer-ee, wer-ee ]

noun,plural wher·ries.
  1. a light rowboat for one person; skiff.

  2. any of various barges, fishing vessels, etc., used locally in England.

verb (used with or without object),wher·ried, wher·ry·ing.
  1. to use, or transport in, a wherry.

Origin of wherry

1400–50; late Middle English whery< ?

Words Nearby wherry

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How to use wherry in a sentence

  • A wherry sweeping down the dyke with peak lowered leaves us but scant room to pass as we sail back to Heigham Sounds.

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  • Many yachts have been built after the plan of the wherry, but with yacht-like hulls above water.

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  • Visitors often get nervous when they see a wherry bearing down upon them, but there is no occasion for them to do so.

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  • At Oulton, Bullen has a number of craft, ranging from a large pleasure wherry accommodating twelve persons, and let at 12l.

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  • By the time the sail-boat came up to the wherry, the children were thoroughly drenched and sobered.

British Dictionary definitions for wherry


/ (ˈwɛrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. any of certain kinds of half-decked commercial boats, such as barges, used in Britain

  2. a light rowing boat used in inland waters and harbours

Origin of wherry

C15: origin unknown

Derived forms of wherry

  • wherryman, noun

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