Definition of wharf in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɔːf/

noun (plural wharves /wɔːvz/ or wharfs)

A level quayside area to which a ship may be moored to load and unload.
Example sentences
  • In an interview, Clifford Palacio said that employment included work in the fields and also on wharves loading ships.
  • 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.
quay, pier, dock, berth, landing stage, landing place, landing, jetty;
harbour, dockyard, yard, marina;


Late Old English hwearf, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with wharf

corf, morph, orfe, Orff, swarf, Whorf

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