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).

Origin of hanker

1595–1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang

SYNONYMS FOR hanker

See yearn.

Related forms

han·ker·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hankered

hanker

/ (ˈhæŋkə) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

hankering, noun

Word Origin for hanker

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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