wharf

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wharf, 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), and Ancient Greek καρπός (karpós, wrist).

Pronunciation[edit]

In New Zealand, even those who distinguish wine and whine are likely to pronounce as /wɔːf/.
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)f

Noun[edit]

wharf (plural wharves or wharfs)

  1. A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bancroft and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott
      Out upon the wharfs they came, / Knight and burgher, lord and dame.
  2. The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.

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Verb[edit]

wharf (third-person singular simple present wharfs, present participle wharfing, simple past and past participle wharfed)

  1. (transitive) To secure by a wharf.
  2. (transitive) To place on a wharf.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English hwearf.

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Noun[edit]

wharf (plural wharves)

  1. wharf

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: wharf
  • Scots: wharf

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