Complete Definition of "wharf"

English

Etymology
Middle English < Old English hwearf âheap, embankment, wharfâ; related to Old English hweorfan âto turnâ, Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb âa turnâ, hwerban âto turnâ, Old Norse hvarf âcircleâ, Greek καÏÏÏÏ âwristâ.

The fact that wharves often have warehouses next to them for storing offloaded goods has led to the popular etymology that âwharfâ is an acronym of 'warehouse at river front'; however this is incorrect.

Pronunciation
wô(r)f, /wÉË(r)f/, /<tt>wO:(r)f</tt>/
:Rhymes:English:-ÉË(r)f|Rhymes: -ÉË(r)f

Noun
en-noun|plwharves|pl2wharfs

  1. A man-made landing place jutting out to sea or by a river; mole, pier, or quay

Synonyms

jetty
pier
quay
staithe, staith italbrac|Northern England

Derived terms
wharfie
wharf rat
wharfinger

Translations
trans-top|man-made landing place jutting out to water
Chinese: 碼頭, ç å¤´ (mÇ tou)
Danish: brygge c
Dutch: werf m, kade f
Esperanto: varfo
Finnish: laituri
French: quai m, appontement m
German: Kai m, Wharf m
Greek: αÏοβάθÏα f
Italian: molo m
trans-mid
Japanese: 波止場, å é ­
Korean: ì ì°½ (seonchang)
Norwegian: brygge c
Persian: FAchar|بÙدرگاÙ
Portuguese: cais m
Russian: пÑиÑÑÐ°Ð½Ñ (prístanâ) f
Scottish Gaelic: laimrig f
Spanish: embarcadero m
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See also
dock

Category:English nouns with irregular plurals

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