Middle English, from Old English hwearf (“heap, embankment, wharf”); related to Old English hweorfan (“to turn”), Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb (“a turn”), hwerban (“to turn”), Old Norse hvarf (“circle”), Greek καρπός (“wrist”).
The fact that wharves often have warehouses next to them for storing offloaded goods has led to the popular etymology that ‘wharf’ is an acronym of 'warehouse at river front'; however this is incorrect.
- IPA: /ʍɔː(ɹ)f/, X-SAMPA: /WO:(r))f/
- (in accents with the wine-whine merger) enPR: wô(r)f, IPA: /wɔː(r)f/, X-SAMPA: /wO:(r)f/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)f
- A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
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See also 
wharf m (plural wharfs)