hankering

[ hang-ker-ing ]
/ ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ /

noun

a longing; craving.

Nearby words

  1. hania,
  2. hanifah,
  3. haniwa,
  4. hank,
  5. hanker,
  6. hankeringly,
  7. hankou,
  8. hankow,
  9. hanks,
  10. hanky

Origin of hankering

First recorded in 1655–65; hanker + -ing1

Related formshan·ker·ing·ly, adverb

hanker

[ hang-ker ]
/ ˈhæŋ kər /

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

Related formshan·ker·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hankering

hanker

/ (ˈhæŋkə) /

verb

(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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