crav·​ing ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio)
: an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing
a craving for chocolate
a craving for new experiences

Example Sentences

I had a sudden craving for french fries, so I pulled into the nearest fast-food restaurant. a pregnant woman with a craving for pickles
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Word History


see crave

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of craving was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Craving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



crav·​ing ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio)
: a great desire or longing

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