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[krey-ving] /ˈkreɪ vɪŋ/
great or eager desire; yearning.
Origin of craving
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at crave, -ing1
Related forms
cravingly, adverb
cravingness, noun
uncraving, adjective
uncravingly, adverb
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See desire. Unabridged
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  • Fine scenery is very satisfying to the soul, to be sure, but it doesn't still the cravings of the inner girl.

  • Be it so: I care not what you or the world may say or think—my cravings must be satisfied at all hazards.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • With regard to the other prisoners who are to be tried afterwards, I hope our blood at least will satisfy the cravings for it.

  • Their cravings have been disappointed; they had expected the impossible, and have not got it.

    Hortus Vitae Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
  • The cravings of hunger satiated, the train whirled me back towards the mountains.

British Dictionary definitions for cravings


an intense desire or longing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cravings

"urgent desires," 17c., from craving, verbal noun from crave.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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