From Middle English, from Old English hwearf (“heap, embankment, wharf”); related to Old English hweorfan (“to turn”), Old Saxon hwerf (whence German Werft), Dutch werf, Old High German hwarb (“a turn”), hwerban (“to turn”), Old Norse hvarf (“circle”), Latin orbis, Greek καρπός (karpós, “wrist”).
- (General American) enPR: wôrf, IPA(key): /wɔɹf/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: wôf, IPA(key): /wɔːf/
- (without the wine–whine merger) enPR: hwôrf, IPA(key): /hwɔɹf/
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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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