- to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
Origin of hanker
Synonyms for hanker
Related Words for hankeredyearn, crave, itch, yen, wish, covet, hunger, pine, lust, long, want, sigh, ache, thirst
Examples from the Web for hankered
Contemporary Examples of hankered
Indefatigable in those two roles, he hankered after others, as well.Norman Mailer: A Life Lived Loud
October 20, 2013
Historical Examples of hankered
The more I studied him the more I hankered to know his history.They of the High Trails
Lessons were the very last thing in the world that we hankered for.
I hankered after it in my teens, and once out of them it was too late.Hurricane Island
H. B. Marriott Watson
This undoubtedly presented the kind of life he hankered after.
She hankered after her beautiful Freudenthal, and she dreamed of returning thither.A German Pompadour
- (foll by for, after, or an infinitive) to have a yearning (for something or to do something)