verb (used without object)
Origin of hanker
Examples from the Web for hankered
Indefatigable in those two roles, he hankered after others, as well.
What he hankered after was the title of Duke of Austerlitz, but the Emperor refused to share the glories of that day.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
She never summered in soft Sapphic seas, nor hankered after poetic Leucadian promontories.Unicorns|James Huneker
And I hankered, I jest hankered, after bein' praised up as she was.Sweet Cicely|Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
Word Origin for hanker
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.