• WordNet 3.6
    • n wherry light rowboat for use in racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbors
    • n wherry sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wherry A liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is expressed; -- sometimes called crab wherry.
    • n Wherry (Naut) A passenger barge or lighter plying on rivers; also, a kind of light, half-decked vessel used in fishing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wherry To transport in, or as in, a wherry.
    • n wherry A light shallow rowboat, having seats for passengers, and plying on rivers and harbors. It resembles the dory.
    • n wherry A light half-decked fishing-vessel used in different parts of Great Britain and Ireland.
    • n wherry A liquor made from the pulp of crab-apples after the verjuice is expressed. Sometimes called crabwherry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wherry hwer′i a shallow, light boat, sharp at both ends for speed
    • n Wherry hwer′i a liquor made from the pulp of crab-apples.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. hverfr, shifty, crank, hverfa, to turn, E. whirl, wharf,


In literature:

The man-of-war made chase, but a Thames barge might as well have tried to catch a wherry.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Well, the next afternoon, lying off Gravesend, out comes a wherry with young master.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, August 1850" by Various
They landed, and handed out of the wherry three large and full canvas bags.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Chartering a wherry, we were pulled off to her.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Argile, who had slept in a galley all night, came ashore in a wherry with his left arm in a sling.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
She was about the burden of a London wherry below bridge, built sharp at both ends.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The gunboat's wherry boat was quickly gotten away.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Now, look sharp, my joker, or I'll chuck the duds back into the wherry.
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
From the Tower steps the knight took a wherry and went up the river as far as Blackfriars.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
He'll now "lay up," like a worn-out wherry.
"Punch, or the London Charivari Volume 98, January 4, 1890" by Various

In poetry:

To let the wherry listless go,
And, wrapt in dreamy joy,
Dip, and surge idly to and fro,
Like the red harbor-buoy;
"Piscataqua River" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
A gray rock, tasselled o'er with birch,
Above the waters hung,
And at its base, with every wave,
A small light wherry swung.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And watched the busy wherries all plying with their fares,
From Globe, Jamaica, Wapping and Cherry Garden Stairs,
And the lighters and the barges a-passing to and fro
As they did on London River two hundred years ago.
"London Seagulls" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Wherry awhirl pre-USA Pro Challenge.
Cosine Wherry, designed by John Hartsock, and launched it in Hancock Maine on May 24, 2012.
Fort Monroe's Wherry housing units being razed.
A key issue in the presentation was the future use of the Wherry Quarter, the 72-acre area that separates the two parts of Fort Monroe National Monument.
Wherry , 77, of Viola, died Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at Trinity Rock Island.
Wherry awhirl pre-USA Pro Challenge.
Bella is a Duck Trap Wherry built for our family outings and she was named after my daughter's nickname.
Cosine Wherry , designed by John Hartsock, and launched it in Hancock Maine on May 24, 2012.
Wherry Feb 27, 1963-March 31, 2012.
Wherry , 49, of Ypsilanti Twp.
Wherry of Bessemer Avenue, Grove City, passed away at 3:45 am Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, having been ill since December.
"Just as Susan Kehoe has her fans, she has her detractors, too," he said, claiming his client is being unfairly targeted by Wherry and other law enforcement officials because of her animal-rights activism .
Rowing Wherry, Bangor Packet .
Next training session is Feb 27 at Wherry Elementary School.
Cosine Wherry, designed by John Hartsock, and launched it in Hancock Maine on May 24, 2012.