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hanker

[hang-ker] /ˈhæŋ kər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).
Origin
early Dutch dialect
1595-1605
1595-1605; < early Dutch dialect hankeren (cognate with Dutch hunkeren), frequentative of hangen to hang
Related forms
hankerer, noun
Synonyms
See yearn.
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Examples from the web for hanker
  • At the same time as the useful life of consumer goods becomes shorter, consumers hanker after goods that endure.
  • For those who hanker after extraterrestrial life that is a pity.
  • Some manufacturers promise to strengthen them as if they secretly hanker to lift weights.
  • Sometimes the bread would come up in fair shape, and then not so anyone would hanker or it.
British Dictionary definitions for hanker

hanker

/ˈhæŋkə/
verb
1.
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 hanker
v.

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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