a longing; craving.

1655–65; hanker + -ing1

hankeringly, adverb

desire, need, yearning, hunger, yen, thirst.
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verb (used without object)
to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).

1595–1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang

hankerer, noun

See yearn.
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hanker (ˈhæŋkə)
vb (foll by for, after, or an infinitive)
to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
[C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, probably from Flem. hankeren, related to Du. hunkeren "to hanker," perhaps intens. of M.Du. hangen "to hang." The notion is of "lingering about" with longing or craving.
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Example sentences
But if you have a risotto hankering and not much time, take the offensive.
The academic with a hankering for on-screen action will probably be indulged.
Of course, visions of floating state evasion cannot always be explained by a hankering for tax evasion.
If you're a suburban cowboy hankering to raise a herd and short on ranch land, mini cattle may be for you.
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