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From Middle English wharfage; equivalent to wharf +‎ -age.



wharfage (countable and uncountable, plural wharfages)

  1. A dock, quay, or pier.
  2. Wharfs collectively.
    • 1924, Saki “The Old Town of Pskoff” in The Square Egg and Other Sketches, London: John Lane, p. 156,[1]
      It is pleasant to swim well out into the stream of the river, and, with one’s chin on a level with the wide stretch of water, take in a “trout’s-eye view” of the little town, ascending in tiers of wharfage, trees, grey ramparts, more trees, and clustered roofs, with the old cathedral of the Trinity poised guardian-like above the crumbling walls of the Kremlin.
    • 1940 May, “The Why and the Wherefore: The Coley Branch, G.W.R.”, in Railway Magazine, page 317:
      It was also pointed out wharfage and factory sites with river and canal frontage were adjoining.
  3. A fee charged for using a wharf.
    • 1895, John Houston Merrill, The American and English Encyclopedia of Law, p. 100.
      If the owner of goods deposited at a wharf sells them, and gives notice to the wharfinger of such sale, on tendering the wharfage then due, he is discharged from liability for future wharfage.
    • 1913, United States. Army. Corps of Engineers, Water terminal and transfer facilities, page 537:
      the wharfage or shorage rates are 10 cents per cord of wood, 10 cents per thousand feet of lumber, and 1 cent per tie, and these rates do not include handling

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From wharf +‎ -age.


  • IPA(key): /ʍarˈfaːd͡ʒ(ə)/


wharfage (uncountable) (rare)

  1. utilisation of a wharf
  2. wharfage (wharf fee)


  • English: wharfage