[hwer-ee, wer-ee]

noun, plural wher·ries.

a light rowboat for one person; skiff.
any of various barges, fishing vessels, etc., used locally in England.

verb (used with or without object), wher·ried, wher·ry·ing.

to use, or transport in, a wherry.

Origin of wherry

1400–50; late Middle English whery < ?
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Examples from the Web for wherry

Historical Examples of wherry

  • Day after day passed on with no news of Giles or Will Wherry.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "We are informed that you have bought a wherry from Mr. Robert Farrell," said the officer.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Nay, now," said Stukeley gravely, himself watching the wherry.

  • See, here's a wherry actually under our bow; where is she now?

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • My mistress also bade me farewell, and between them they hurried me off to the wherry.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for wherry


noun plural -ries

any of certain kinds of half-decked commercial boats, such as barges, used in Britain
a light rowing boat used in inland waters and harbours
Derived Formswherryman, noun

Word Origin for wherry

C15: origin unknown
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