Pronunciation: (hwôr'fij, wôr'-),[key] —n. 1. the use of a wharf: to charge higher rates for wharfage. 2. storage of goods at a wharf: conditions that make wharfage hazardous. 3. the charge or payment for the use of a wharf: to pay one's wharfage monthly. 4. wharves collectively, esp. the number of wharves in a particular port.