- to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
Origin of hanker
1595–1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang
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Examples from the Web for hankered
Indefatigable in those two roles, he hankered after others, as well.Norman Mailer: A Life Lived Loud
October 20, 2013
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)
C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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Word Origin and History for hankered
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