hanker

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verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

Definition of hanker

hankered

;

hankering

play \ˈhaŋ-k(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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.

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 English Language Learners

hanker

play
verb han·ker \ˈhaŋ-kər\

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

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


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