[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.

Nearby words

  1. wherever,
  2. wherewith,
  3. wherewithal,
  4. wherret,
  5. wherrit,
  6. whet,
  7. whet one's appetite,
  8. whether,
  9. whether or not,
  10. whetstone

Origin of wherry

1400–50; late Middle English whery < ?

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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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