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hanker

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verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

Simple Definition of hanker

  • : to have a strong or constant desire for something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hanker

hankered

hankering

play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to have a strong or persistent desire :  yearn —often used with for or after

hankerer

play \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of hanker in a sentence

  1. By the middle of the winter, they were hankering for a warm day.



Origin and Etymology of hanker

probably from Dutch dialect hankeren


First Known Use: 1627

Synonym Discussion of hanker

long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain <longed for some rest>. yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing <yearned for a stage career>. hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire <always hankering for money>. pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible <pined for a lost love>. hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need <hungered for a business of his own> <thirsted for power>.

HANKER Defined for Kids

hanker

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verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

Definition of hanker for Students

hankered

hankering

  1. :  to have a great desire <I'm hankering for chocolate.>




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