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hankering

[hang-ker-ing] /ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a longing; craving.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; hanker + -ing1
Related forms
hankeringly, adverb
Synonyms
desire, need, yearning, hunger, yen, thirst.

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
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 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

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 hankering
n.

"mental craving," 1660s, see hanker.

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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