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[hwer-ee, wer-ee] /ˈʰwɛr i, ˈwɛr i/
noun, plural wherries.
a light rowboat for one person; skiff.
any of various barges, fishing vessels, etc., used locally in England.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), wherried, wherrying.
to use, or transport in, a wherry.
Origin of wherry
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English whery < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A wherry was being pushed up the stream by its two stalwart boatmen, by the process known in Norfolk as quanting.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Do ye see that wherry shovin' off—the one with the lady in a sweater?

  • It should more than pay for the wine and the wherry to Spring Gardens.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Jack pronounced her to be a wherry; but I thought her something much larger.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • They had a lantern in their wherry, and looked up the ship's side, holding on to the ladder without a word.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • He grasped it as we passed by, and quickly clambered into the wherry.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • Day after day passed on with no news of Giles or Will wherry.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • We accordingly went on deck, and descended to our wherry again.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • The public quays are on the north side next the town, and a berth alongside a wherry or other yacht can be chosen.

  • "We are informed that you have bought a wherry from Mr. Robert Farrell," said the officer.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for wherry


noun (pl) -ries
any of certain kinds of half-decked commercial boats, such as barges, used in Britain
a light rowing boat used in inland waters and harbours
Derived Forms
wherryman, noun
Word Origin
C15: origin unknown
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