Brit., Archaic a stage or wharf equipped to load and unload (coal, etc.) from railroad cars into vessels
Origin of staitheMiddle English stathe ; from Old English stæth, shore, influenced, influence by Old Norse stǫth, landing place: for Indo-European base see stand
- (UK, archaic or dialectal) A fixed structure where ships land, especially to load and unload; wharf; landing stage.
The landing stage sense is common in place names, particularly in the former Danelaw area of east and north-east England where it remains dialectal in use.