- a longing; craving.
Origin of hankering
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- to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
Origin of hanker
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Related Words for hankeringyearning, craving, pining, longing, urge, itch, hunger, wish, yen, thirst, want, weakness, ache, druthers, munchies
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Contemporary Examples of 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
May 8, 2014
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
November 4, 2012
But Israelis and Palestinians don't vote in U.S. elections, whether they're hankering for peace or not.What's This Jerusalem Flap All About?
September 6, 2012
Historical Examples of hankering
Also that hankering after an overt or practical effect seems to me an apostasy.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But there was one yet—the biggest, the most blank, so to speak—that I had a hankering after.Heart of Darkness
Think I'm hankering about being smashed flatter'n a pancake, do you?Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
I liked it much better than that of my father, but still had a hankering for the sea.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
There's the widow Babbage, down to Dock: she always had a hankering for you.The Adventures of Harry Revel
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- (foll by for, after, or an infinitive) to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
Word Origin for hanker
"mental craving," 1660s, see hanker.