Definition of wharf in English:

wharf

noun

  • A level quayside area to which a ship may be moored to load and unload.

    • ‘In addition there are historic artifacts, submerged wharves and docks, and natural features like caves and reefs to explore.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, helicopters buzz overhead providing air cover, and teams of divers are also checking wharves and jetties at the port of Umm Qasr itself.’
    • ‘Gold was vital to a city like New York, where stevedores daily handled huge amounts of cargo at its many docks, wharves and piers.’
    • ‘It was shipped from the wharves on the property of the planters, since roads were primarily muddy paths and nearly all plantations were near the water.’
    • ‘In order to catch a better glimpse of the radiant whaling boat, Kirstle and Tashi both ran down the wharves to the dock where she was to land.’
    • ‘The church of St Clement Danes also lays claim to being the inspiration for the lyrics, also by dint of citrus fruits being unloaded at the nearby wharves.’
    • ‘Various other communities want better docks, wharves, breakwaters, and repairs or replacements for airport runways and buildings.’
    • ‘In an interview, Clifford Palacio said that employment included work in the fields and also on wharves loading ships.’
    • ‘Its wharves and shipyards were busy throughout most of the Revolution, but were particularly active in the decades following the end of the war.’
    • ‘For generations, fishermen have been leaving Nova Scotian harbours from the same wharves.’
    • ‘Government has recently asked communities throughout Atlantic Canada to take over responsibility for ports and wharves.’
    • ‘They may have owned and operated lighters to transport goods from their private wharves to ships anchored in the bay of Smyrna and vice versa.’
    • ‘Divers from Britain, Australia and the United States are continuing to check the wharves and jetties of Umm Qasr port.’
    • ‘Scallop prices to fishermen are dropping, and there is still a major concern about wharves in our area.’
    • ‘It now services ships and submarines alongside the wharves to ensure personnel are dentally deployable under the conditions of individual readiness.’
    • ‘Sydney's several wharves and quays, given such vibrant new life, draw huge crowds.’
    • ‘Under the plan, the district of old warehouses, wharves and homes will be transformed into a modern business area, a shipping centre and a historic tourist spot.’
    • ‘Complaints were made by the operators of wharves, by yacht clubs whose moorings were affected and by others to whom I shall refer in more detail at a later stage.’
    • ‘For thirty years Australian meatworkers have been picketing ships and wharves in an effort to protect their livelihoods from the live sheep export trade.’
    • ‘The docks stretched the width of the town, from wall to wall, a cobbled waterfront avenue with two wharves jutting out into the bay, embraced by the arms of the breakwater.’
    quay, pier, dock, berth, landing stage, landing place, landing, jetty
    harbour, dockyard, yard, marina
    waterfront
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Origin

Late Old English hwearf, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

wharf

/(h)wôrf/