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

  • n. A light, swift rowboat built for one person and often used in racing.
  • n. A sailing barge used in East Anglia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light embarcation used to navigate inland waterways.
  • n. A flat-bottomed vessel previously employed by British merchants, notably in East Anglia, sometimes converted into pleasure boats.
  • n. A liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is extracted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passenger barge or lighter plying on rivers; also, a kind of light, half-decked vessel used in fishing.
  • n. A long, narrow, light boat, sharp at both ends, for fast rowing or sailing; esp., a racing boat rowed by one person with sculls.
  • n. A liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is expressed; -- sometimes called crab wherry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To transport in, or as in, a wherry.
  • n. A light shallow rowboat, having seats for passengers, and plying on rivers and harbors. It resembles the dory.
  • n. A light half-decked fishing-vessel used in different parts of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • n. A liquor made from the pulp of crab-apples after the verjuice is expressed. Sometimes called crabwherry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. light rowboat for use in racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbors
  • n. sailing barge used especially in East Anglia


Middle English whery.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "...followed almost immediately by the Tamar's barge brining a score of glum but resigned and obviously competent Skates men from a ship called Skate to the larboard side and by a Plymouth wherry with two pink-faced young men, very carefully shaved, wearing identical uniforms..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 49

    February 11, 2008