wharfinger

wharfinger

[hwawr-fin-jer, wawr-]
noun
a person who owns or has charge of a wharf.
Also called wharfmaster [hwawrf-mas-ter, -mah-ster, wawrf-] .


Origin:
1545–55; wharfage + -er1, with -n- as in passenger, messenger, etc.

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wharfinger (ˈwɔːfɪndʒə)
 
n
an owner or manager of a wharf
 
[C16: probably alteration of wharfager (see wharfage, -er1); compare harbinger]

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wharfinger
"operator or manager of a wharf," 1552, from wharfage (1466), from wharf (q.v.) + agent noun suffix -er + intrusive -n- as in messenger.
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