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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).

Origin of hanker

First recorded in 1595–1605; from early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren ), frequentative of hangen “to hang”; see hang

synonym study For hanker

See yearn.

Other words from hanker

  • han·ker·er, noun

Words Nearby hanker

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British Dictionary definitions for hanker


/ (ˈhæŋkə) /

  1. (foll by for, after, or an infinitive) to have a yearning (for something or to do something)

Origin of hanker

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren

Derived forms of hanker

  • hankering, noun

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