(redirected from wharfingers)
Also found in: Legal.


 (wôr′fĭn-jər, hwôr′-)
One who owns or manages a wharf.

[Alteration of wharfage + -er.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Nautical Terms) an owner or manager of a wharf
[C16: probably alteration of wharfager (see wharfage, -er1); compare harbinger]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈʰwɔr fɪn dʒər, ˈwɔr-)

a person who owns or has charge of a wharf.
[1545–55; wharfage + -er1, with -n- as in passenger, messenger, etc.]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
"Could we advertise, then, asking for information from wharfingers?"
We see wharfingers, warehousemen, fishers, sailors, ship's boys, publicans, (naval) pensioners, mudlarks, lime-burners, coal-heavers, bargees, and artisans, as well as other working men, women, and children.
Officers were supported by toll collectors, office clerks, office boys, carpenters and boatbuilders, lengthsmen (minor repairs), blacksmiths, dredgers, molecatchers (to prevent embankments from collapsing) and wharfingers (loading supervisors at wharves and docks).
The program coverage is available for clients such as ship repairers, terminals, wharfingers and charterers.
The great utility systems supplying power, telephone and transportation services now so familiar may be of relatively recent origin, but special obligations to supply service have been imposed from the very earliest days of the common law upon bodies in like case, such as carriers, innkeepers, wharfingers and ferry operators.
The earliest owners - of what was first called The Boat Inn - were wharfingers, and ran a coal wharf down by the water.
Local businessmen were so happy they held a dinner on his behalf and presented him with a silver tankard, inscribed: "Presented to Mr Joseph Price by the shippers and manufacturers of lead, and the wharfingers of the goods trade, between Newcastle and London, as a mark of their appreciation for his zeal and spirited exertions in the application of steamboats to the towing of vessels upon the river Tyne.
Coverages provided: Marine GL, hull and machinery, protection and indemnity (with/without crew), bumbershoot liability, marina property, marina oporators legal, marina package, maritime employers liabilty, vessel builders risk, ship repairers, cargo/stock-throughput, terminal operators liabilty, stevedores/ wharfingers liabilty, vessle pollution, cargo legal and tow risks.
Chief Justice Morrison Waite had noted that "It has been customary in England from time immemorial, and in this country from its first colonization, to regulate ferries, common carriers, hackmen, bankers, millers, wharfingers, innkeepers &c., and, in so doing, to fix a maximum of charge to be made for services rendered." These enterprises all "pursue[d] a public employment" and in that, exercised "a sort of public office." All "stand in the very gateway of commerce and take toll from all who pass," and are therefore automatically affected with the public interest.
Not only that, but she found women in every aspect of shipping, from wharfingers to sail makers, even a blacksmith.
The RCC employed wharfingers in each of the principal basins, as well as at the terminal locks at Castlefield (Manchester) and Sowerby Bridge, to monitor traffic and collect tolls on goods unloaded at their stations or transhipped to adjoining navigations.