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 (wĕr′ē, hwĕr′ē)
n. pl. wher·ries
1. A light, swift rowboat.
2. A sailing boat with a gaff rig, traditionally used to haul cargo in East Anglia.

[Middle English whery.]


n, pl -ries
1. (Nautical Terms) any of certain kinds of half-decked commercial boats, such as barges, used in Britain
2. (Nautical Terms) a light rowing boat used in inland waters and harbours
[C15: origin unknown]
ˈwherryman n


(ˈʰwɛr i, ˈwɛr i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a light rowboat for one person; skiff.
2. any of various barges, fishing vessels, etc., used locally in England.
[1400–50; late Middle English whery, of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wherry - sailing barge used especially in East Angliawherry - sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
barge, flatboat, hoy, lighter - a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.wherry - light rowboat for use in racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbors
dinghy, dory, rowboat - a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled


[ˈwerɪ] Nchalana f


n (= light rowing boat)Ruderkahn m; (Brit: = barge) → (Fluss)kahn m; (US: = scull) → Einer m, → Skiff nt
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In this hurry it was not much minded that I came to the bar and paid my reckoning, telling my landlady I had gotten my passage by sea in a wherry.
So I left her, took the fellow up to my chamber, gave him the trunk, or portmanteau, for it was like a trunk, and wrapped it about with an old apron, and he went directly to his boat with it, and I after him, nobody asking us the least question about it; as for the drunken Dutch footman he was still asleep, and his master with other foreign gentlemen at supper, and very merry below, so I went clean off with it to Ipswich; and going in the night, the people of the house knew nothing but that I was gone to London by the Harwich wherry, as I had told my landlady.
The main thing with people of that sort," said Holmes, as we sat in the sheets of the wherry, "is never to let them think that their information can be of the slightest importance to you.
But I could not see how this could be done in their country, where the smallest wherry was equal to a first-rate man of war among us; and such a boat as I could manage would never live in any of their rivers.
All's well," he cried, as he entered; "I have hired a cedar wherry, as light as a canoe, as easy on the wing as any swallow.
O how I should like to see her floating in the water yonder, turban and all, with her train streaming after her, and her nose like the beak of a wherry.
Brooke and Ned the other, while Fred Vaughn, the riotous twin, did his best to upset both by paddling about in a wherry like a disturbed water bug.
Then farewell my trim-built wherry, Oars and coat and badge farewell
And on sped Raffles like a yacht before the wind, and on I blundered like a wherry at sea, making heavy weather all.
Rock marks at Whitburn, The Wherry and the Shelf gave codling of 8l, Richy Carr taking one of 6lb 10oz from Souter and Andy Rutherford one of 7lb 2oz from the Falls in Ryhopes sweepstake.
Indeed I wouldn't be surprised if they discovered Elvis Presley was partial to a jar or two of Hobgoblin or Norfolk Wherry (yes, they really exist).
Ever since Hans Seyle's groundbreaking work on stress, scientists have been trying to understand why stressful situations often exacerbate autoimmune diseases and cause re-emergence of latent infections," said John Wherry, Ph.