hanker

play
verb han·ker \ ˈhaŋ-kər \

Definition of hanker

hankered; hankering play \ˈhaŋ-k(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
:to have a strong or persistent desire :yearn often used with for or after

hankerer

play \ˈhaŋ-kər-ər\ noun

Examples of hanker in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of hanker

probably from Dutch dialect hankeren

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 English Language Learners

hanker

play
verb

Definition of hanker for English Language Learners

  • : to have a strong or constant desire for something


HANKER Defined for Kids

hanker

play
verb han·ker \ ˈhaŋ-kər \

Definition of hanker for Students

hankered; hankering
:to have a great desire
  • I'm hankering for chocolate.

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