Definition of wharf in English:

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Pronunciation: /(h)wôrf/

noun (plural wharves /(h)wôrvz/ 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, jetty;
harbor, dockyard, marina, harborside


Late Old English hwearf, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with wharf

corf, morph, orfe, Orff, swarf, Whorf

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Syllabification: wharf

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