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hankering

[hang-ker-ing] /ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a longing; craving.
Origin of hankering
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; hanker + -ing1
Related forms
hankeringly, adverb
Synonyms
desire, need, yearning, hunger, yen, thirst.

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
1595-1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang
Related forms
hankerer, noun
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Examples from the Web for hankering
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  • Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • But there was one yet—the biggest, the most blank, so to speak—that I had a hankering after.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Think I'm hankering about being smashed flatter'n a pancake, do you?

  • I liked it much better than that of my father, but still had a hankering for the sea.

  • There's the widow Babbage, down to Dock: she always had a hankering for you.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • For all that, a hankering after Beaurepaire was observable in her.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He had yielded to their abjurations; but his hankering for acres had remained.

British Dictionary definitions for hankering

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 hankering
n.

"mental craving," 1660s, see hanker.

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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