Origin of hankering
verb (used without object)
Origin of hanker
Examples from the Web for hankering
Some would no doubt keep dancing as they waited for the L train, hankering for the next episode of Morning Gloryville.The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave Is New York’s Latest Exercise Trend|Jessica Burdon|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, this is not the kind of shop that would appeal to the 50-something woman with a hankering for flash and sizzle.Fashion of a Certain Age New Website Halsbrook.com Caters to Mature Shoppers|Robin Givhan|November 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But Israelis and Palestinians don't vote in U.S. elections, whether they're hankering for peace or not.
And Betsy grew hot at the mere idea of my hankering after a miller's affairs, as she very rudely expressed it.Erema|R. D. Blackmore
She is also, I should imagine, hankering after the fleshpots.Jacob's Ladder|E. Phillips Oppenheim
"I don't know of any one specially that's hankering for railroad-lines round here," said he.The Rainy Day Railroad War|Holman Day
Gave graphic description of his hanging about Holyrood Palace hankering after admission.
I wished at times that the hankering might have been more mutual.Remarks|Bill Nye
Word Origin for hanker
"mental craving," 1660s, see 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.