Definition of wharfinger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːfɪn(d)ʒə/


An owner or keeper of a wharf.
Example sentences
  • In the 1880 census they identified themselves as sailors, shipbuilders, ship carpenters, teamsters, wharfingers, inspectors of customs, spar makers, seamen, and sea captains.
  • Pickford's and Chaplin & Home, who were the two big ‘wharfingers’ and railway carriers, worked as agents for a number of railways, especially until the mid-18 70s.
  • Evidence of the place importance remains, with loading bays, a gauging dock, wharf buildings and the wharfinger's house still in existence.


Middle English: from wharfage + -er1.

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Line breaks: wharf|in¦ger

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