From Middle English, from Old English hwearf (“heap, embankment, wharf”); related to Old English hweorfan (“to turn”), Old Saxon hwarf, Dutch werf, Old High German hwarb (“a turn”), hwerban (“to turn”), Old Norse hvarf (“circle”), Greek καρπός (karpós, “wrist”).
- IPA(key): /ʍɔː(ɹ)f/
- (in accents with the wine-whine merger) enPR: wô(r)f, IPA(key): /wɔː(ɹ)f/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)f
- A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
- Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.
- Out upon the wharfs they came, / Knight and burgher, lord and dame.
- The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
- the fat weed that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf
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