wharf rat

wharf rat
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwawrf, wawrf rat]
    • /ʰwɔrf, wɔrf ræt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hwawrf, wawrf rat]
    • /ʰwɔrf, wɔrf ræt/

Definitions of wharf rat words

  • noun wharf rat a large brown rat that is commonly found on wharves. 1
  • noun wharf rat a person who lives or loiters near wharves, often existing by pilfering from ships or warehouses. 1
  • noun wharf rat common rodent 1
  • noun wharf rat sb who lives near the wharves 1
  • noun wharf rat any rat, usually a brown rat, that infests wharves 0
  • noun wharf rat a person who haunts wharves, usually for dishonest purposes 0

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Origin of wharf rat

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25

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Parts of speech for Wharf rat


wharf rat popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

wharf rat usage trend in Literature

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