SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object) to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive). Origin of hanker 1595–1605;
early Dutch dialect hankeren
), frequentative of
hang Related forms han·ker·er, noun
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Related Words for hanker yearn
thirst Examples from the Web for hanker Historical Examples of hanker
There's days when I feel uneasy every minute and
hanker for a deck underneath me.
I was too busy to
hanker for a stump speech, so I cut across his bows.
Here, by Godfreys, they don't give us no time to
hanker for nothin'.
hanker to go to Boston, go you shall, and no thanks to me.
Trivial might some say who
hanker after giantesque composition. British Dictionary definitions for hanker verb (foll by for, after, ) or an infinitive to have a yearning (for something or to do something) Derived Forms hankering, noun Word Origin for hanker
C17: probably from Dutch dialect
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Word Origin and History for 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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