from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rat that infests wharves and ships.
  • n. Slang A person who frequents wharves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alternative term for the brown rat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A neglected boy who lives around the wharfs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who lives near wharves and lives by pilfering from ships or warehouses
  • n. brown rat that infests wharves


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  • So they walked on, down the middle of the broadest street of Caergoth's harbor, the brutes jumping whenever a wharf rat skittered from one shadow to the next.

    Father Swarat

  • She looked Hayden up and down like a wharf rat eyeing a particularly succulent piece of cheese before drawling, “More’s the pity.”

    One Night Of Scandal


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