hankering

[hang-ker-ing]
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Origin of hankering

First recorded in 1655–65; hanker + -ing1
Related formshan·ker·ing·ly, adverb

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hanker

[hang-ker]
verb (used without object)
  1. 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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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 hankering
n.

"mental craving," 1660s, see hanker.

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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