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[hang-ker-ing] /ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ/
a longing; craving.
Origin of hankering
1655-65; hanker + -ing1
Related forms
hankeringly, adverb
desire, need, yearning, hunger, yen, thirst.


[hang-ker] /ˈhæŋ kər/
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
Related forms
hankerer, noun
See yearn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hankering
  • But if you have a risotto hankering and not much time, take the offensive.
  • If you're hankering for stew, you can always throw a few cubes of pumpkin into the pot.
  • The academic with a hankering for on-screen action will probably be indulged.
  • Americans, for example, seem to be hankering for isolationism.
  • Of course, visions of floating state evasion cannot always be explained by a hankering for tax evasion.
  • But if you're also hankering for ham and paper towels, no need to run to the supermarket.
  • And you know you'll be back, but you're hankering for places a bit more out of the way.
  • It seems the coyote was hankering for another kind of fast food.
  • Depending upon the season, it is packed with mountain bikers or skiers hankering for a homemade pie topped with fresh ingredients.
  • If you're a suburban cowboy hankering to raise a herd and short on ranch land, mini cattle may be for you.
British Dictionary definitions for hankering


foll by for, after, or an infinitive. to have a yearning (for something or to do something)
Derived Forms
hankering, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren
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Word Origin and History for hankering

"mental craving," 1660s, see hanker.



c.1600, of unknown origin, probably from Flemish hankeren, related to Dutch hunkeren "to hanker," of unknown origin; perhaps an intensive of Middle Dutch hangen "to hang" (see hang (v.)). If so, the notion is of "lingering about" with longing or craving. Related: Hankered; hankering.

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