from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who owns or manages a wharf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The owner or manager of a wharf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who owns, or has the care of, a wharf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who owns or who has charge of a wharf; one who makes a business of letting accommodation for vessels at his wharf.


Alteration of wharfage + -er1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From wharfage + -er. (Wiktionary)



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  • "... the person who has the charge of a wharf, and takes account of all the articles landed thereon, or removed from it into any vessel lying alongside thereof; for which he receives a certain fee called wharfage, as a due to the proprietor for the rent of the quay or wharf, and for the use of his machines and furniture."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 627

    October 12, 2008

  • The scene was brisk; the cranes creaked and swung incessantly with a rattle of chains; stevedores and wharfingers toiled and perspired; boatswains and dock-masters shouted orders...

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 9

    August 29, 2008

  • Indeed!

    April 3, 2008

  • Wharfinger!
    He's the man, the man with the boats tied up..

    April 3, 2008

  • The owner or manager of a wharf.

    April 3, 2008