great or eager desire; yearning.

Origin of craving

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at crave, -ing1
Related formscrav·ing·ly, adverbcrav·ing·ness, nounun·crav·ing, adjectiveun·crav·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study

See desire. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cravings

Contemporary Examples of cravings

Historical Examples of cravings

  • I see you going out into a world which has nothing to satisfy the cravings of your soul.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The first half hour Irma confided in me that she had cravings.

    Working With the Working Woman

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • 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


  • Spoken when the needy are importunate in their cravings, or exacting.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

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

    Hortus Vitae

    Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee

British Dictionary definitions for cravings



an intense desire or longing
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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