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wharf (n.)

late Old English hwearf "shore, bank where ships can tie up," earlier "dam, embankment," from Proto-Germanic *hwarfaz (source also of Middle Low German werf "mole, dam, wharf," German Werft "shipyard, dockyard"); related to Old English hwearfian "to turn," perhaps in a sense implying "busy activity," from PIE root *kwerp- "to turn, revolve" (source also of Old Norse hverfa "to turn round," German werben "to enlist, solicit, court, woo," Gothic hvairban "to wander," Greek karpos "wrist," Sanskrit surpam "winnowing fan"). Wharf rat is from 1812 as "type of rat common on ships and docks;" extended sense "person who hangs around docks" is recorded from 1836.

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Definitions of wharf
1
wharf (v.)
provide with a wharf;
wharf (v.)
store on a wharf;
wharf (v.)
discharge at a wharf;
wharf the passengers
wharf (v.)
come into or dock at a wharf;
the big ship wharfed in the evening
Synonyms: moor / berth
wharf (v.)
moor at a wharf;
The ship was wharfed
2
wharf (n.)
a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats;
Synonyms: pier / wharfage / dock
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