hankering

[ hang-ker-ing ]
/ ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ /

noun

a longing; craving.

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Origin of hankering

First recorded in 1655–65; hanker + -ing1

Related forms

han·ker·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for hankering (2 of 2)

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 forms

han·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 Forms

hankering, noun

Word Origin for hanker

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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