Definition of wherry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)werē/

noun (plural wherries)

1A light rowboat used chiefly for carrying passengers.
Example sentences
  • On Sunday 2 June, the wherry Albion will carry the original Millennium flame from where it has been carefully kept alight, in Great Yarmouth's St Nicholas Church.
  • Successive displays chronicle the Greek trireme, perhaps the ultimate statement of rowing power, the Venetian gondola, the Thames wherry, wooden-hulled lifeboats and arctic whaleboats.
  • After that, at five-minute intervals, came waves of increasingly speedy fixed-seat rowing craft - home-built plywood skiffs, rugged surf boats, fragile wherries, multi-oared gigs.
1.1British A large light barge.



Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)werēmən/
noun (plural wherrymen)
Example sentences
  • A gritty community of fishermen and farmers, Hythe has always had its ferrymen, or wherrymen as they were known for centuries.
  • Bexfield is said to have been one of the wherrymen who plied the Yare between Norwich and Yarmouth.
  • Hard times sometimes called for desperate measures, and wherrymen were not averse to a bit of smuggling.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with wherry

beriberi, berry, BlackBerry, bury, Ceri, Derry, ferry, Gerry, jerry, Kerry, merry, perry, Pondicherry, sherry, terry, very, wolfberry

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Syllabification: wher·ry

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