crav·​ing | \ ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio) \

Definition of craving

: an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing a craving for chocolate a craving for new experiences

Examples of craving in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web If plain scallop recipes aren't enough to satisfy your craving for seafood, this stew is a must. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2022 Like clockwork, autumn’s chill triggers my craving for the sweet-and-savory flavors of my people. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2022 This is the opening scene of Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All, a stunning and barbaric fairy tale/road movie about a young woman, played by Waves star Taylor Russell, and her near-unquenchable craving for human flesh. Douglas Greenwood, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2022 Satisfy your craving for cheesy, indulgent lasagna with this noodle-less version. Carolyn Casner, Chicago Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Sure, there are tons of Halloween desserts and festive Halloween party snacks that can satisfy your craving, but classic candy is arguably the best way to get your sugar fix. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 Tiramisu Porter satisfied my chocolate craving while also lightly layered with campfire smokiness. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 The craving for darker roles (or, in this case, aesthetics) is clearly something Cameron is after. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 28 Aug. 2022 Consumers who have hit a roadblock trying to order delivery now have a few more choices to fall back on to satisfy their pizza craving. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of craving

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craving

see crave

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“Craving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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crav·​ing | \ ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio) \

Kids Definition of craving

: a great desire or longing I have a craving for pizza.

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