to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
- han·ker·er, noun
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How to use hanker in a sentence
Such is their seduction that poets, designers, and ad gurus hankering for inspiration have turned to the fruit since olden times.
They’ve been together for 20 years, and she knew this was something he’d been hankering to do for a long time.Four Civilian Astronauts. Three Days in Orbit. One Giant Leap. Meet the Inspiration4 Crew | Jeffrey Kluger | August 10, 2021 | Time
The trip represented the birth of a new era in skiing, and a new era in Canada’s mountain legacy, opening a fresh frontier that drew skiers hankering for uncommon adventure and guides hungry for challenge.How One Man Survived a Plane Crash and 5 Days in the Snowy Canadian Wilderness—and Went On to Help Shape the Modern Ski Industry | Cassidy Randall | December 27, 2020 | Time
They hankered that their future children might feel similarly, partly because, as Brandon put it, “They do better in just learning how to handle life, learning how to handle the real world.”Sarah Fuller made history. Her parents understand why her moment matters. | Chuck Culpepper | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
As the world got weird and we sheltered at home, many of us hankered for the familiar, the stable, the uncool.
Love brings exactly the type of fresh-faced diversity the GOP, and by extension, She-PAC desperately hanker for.She-PAC Targets Democratic Misogynist Hypocrisy, Pushes GOP Women Candidates | Allison Yarrow | March 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I've seen just enough of flying fishes to hanker after Mandalay, just enough of Spaniards to long for a sight of Spain.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
"I don't hanker much after the dry job of pumping the colonel," he added, winking at Clifford significantly.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
What I really hanker for is to be a painter; and of portraits, on the whole, I think.The Tragic Muse | Henry James
I certainly do hanker for about four or five little curly-headed rascals to take on my knee.The Turmoil | Booth Tarkington
If there was one thing he did hanker after, it was southernwood; but he couldn't see her grubbin' up things that way.Narcissa, or the Road to Rome | Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for hanker
(foll by for, after, or an infinitive) to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
- hankering, noun
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