hanker

[ hang-ker ]
/ ˈhæŋ kər /
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verb (used without object)

to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for hanker

hanker
/ (ˈhæŋkə) /

verb

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

Derived forms of hanker

hankering, noun

Word Origin for hanker

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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