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  1. great or eager desire; yearning.
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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.
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Related Words for cravings

longing, itch, hankering, hunger, thirst, lust, yearning, passion, appetite, need, urge, yen, hurting, munchies

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


  1. an intense desire or longing
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Word Origin and History for cravings


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

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