verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

: to have a strong or constant desire for something

han·keredhan·ker·ing \-k(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of HANKER

intransitive verb
:  to have a strong or persistent desire :  yearn —often used with for or after
han·ker·er \-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of HANKER

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

Origin 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>.
HANKERS Defined for Kids


verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

Definition of HANKER for Kids

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


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