hanker

[hang-ker]

Origin of hanker

1595–1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang
Related formshan·ker·er, noun

Synonyms for hanker

See yearn.
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Related Words for hankered

yearn, crave, itch, yen, wish, covet, hunger, pine, lust, long, want, sigh, ache, thirst

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British Dictionary definitions for hankered

hanker

verb
  1. (foll by for, after, or an infinitive) to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
Derived Formshankering, noun

Word Origin for hanker

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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Word Origin and History for hankered

hanker

v.

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.

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