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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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