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hankering

[hang-ker-ing] /ˈhæŋ kər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a longing; craving.
Origin of hankering
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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  • There has been no hankering for it or for strong drink since.

  • Think I'm hankering about being smashed flatter'n a pancake, do you?

  • "I was brought up in the business, and have a hankering for it yet," returned the young man, frankly.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • I liked it much better than that of my father, but still had a hankering for the sea.

  • "I b'lieve you ha' a hankering arter the lad yet," said Rushmere, tartly.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • For all that, a hankering after Beaurepaire was observable in her.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • It came from all Paris, urged on by brutish fever, a hankering for death and blood.

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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