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hanker

[hang-ker] /ˈhæŋ kər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
Origin of hanker
early Dutch dialect
1595-1605
1595-1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang
Related forms
hankerer, noun
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  • That was why I had never been satisfied with cooking and dishwashing; that was why I had hankered to run naked in the moonlight.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • Lessons were the very last thing in the world that we hankered for.

  • This was how Manamandhla obtained the beef he hankered after—and plenty of it.

  • She hankered after her beautiful Freudenthal, and she dreamed of returning thither.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • She never summered in soft Sapphic seas, nor hankered after poetic Leucadian promontories.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • This was the agent for whom the Government of Egypt hankered.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • I hankered after it in my teens, and once out of them it was too late.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • And I hankered, I jest hankered, after bein' praised up as she was.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • I guess nobody ever hankered after gettin' stiff j'ints an' losin' their eyesight an' so.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for hankered

hanker

/ˈhæŋkə/
verb
1.
foll by for, after, or an infinitive. to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
Derived Forms
hankering, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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Word Origin and History for hankered

hanker

v.

c.1600, of unknown origin, probably from Flemish hankeren, related to Dutch hunkeren "to hanker," of unknown origin; perhaps an intensive of Middle Dutch hangen "to hang" (see hang (v.)). If so, the notion is of "lingering about" with longing or craving. Related: Hankered; hankering.

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