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wharfinger

[hwawr-fin-jer, wawr-] /ˈʰwɔr fɪn dʒər, ˈwɔr-/
noun
1.
a person who owns or has charge of a wharf.
Also called wharfmaster
[hwawrf-mas-ter, -mah-ster, wawrf-] /ˈʰwɔrfˌmæs tɛr, -ˌmɑ stər, ˈwɔrf-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; wharfage + -er1, with -n- as in passenger, messenger, etc.
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wharfinger

/ˈwɔːfɪndʒə/
noun
1.
an owner or manager of a wharf
Word Origin
C16: probably alteration of wharfager (see wharfage, -er1); compare harbinger
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Word Origin and History for wharfmaster

wharfinger

n.

"operator or manager of a wharf," 1550s, from wharfage (mid-15c.), from wharf (q.v.) + agent noun suffix -er + intrusive -n- as in messenger.

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