- great or eager desire; yearning.
Origin of craving
- to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: to crave sweets; to crave affection.
- to require; need: a problem craving prompt attention.
- to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
- to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
- to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin of crave
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Examples from the Web for craving
They were tired of the fare at restaurants catering to tourists and were craving something a bit more authentic.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
High off success with their Fantasy Football league, the group was craving even more competition.Fans of ‘The Bachelor’ Embrace Brackets, Bookies, and Buy-ins in Online Betting Pools
January 20, 2014
Craving a change of scenery, I decide to leave the InStyle/Warner Bros. party.Partying With the Golden Globes Stars: Taylor Swift Cuts a Rug, Ben Affleck Holds Court, and More
January 13, 2014
So here Obama is, craving security and adulation, but being denied both.The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama
June 30, 2013
That craving, LaCava realizes by the end of her story, set in 2009-10, doubles as a kind of control.Objectively Speaking: Stephanie LaCava’s ‘An Extraordinary Theory of Objects’
December 13, 2012
A sound of craving and eagerness that had nothing articulate in it but blood.A Tale of Two Cities
Throbbing with a grateful, craving allegiance, I seized the rein.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Why should I be sober, when in such moments I suffer agonies of craving?The Law-Breakers
Thus it is not alcoholism or the craving for drink which is inherited.The Sexual Question
It seemed to her that if she could not satisfy her craving she herself must lose her life.Fruitfulness
- an intense desire or longing
- (when intr, foll by for or after) to desire intensely; long (for)
- (tr) to need greatly or urgently
- (tr) to beg or plead for
Word Origin and History for craving
Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cf. Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300). Related: Craved; craving.