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hanker (ˈhæŋkə Pronunciation for hanker



  1. foll by for, after, or an infinitive to have a yearning (for something or to do something)

Derived Forms

ˈhankerer noun
ˈhankering noun

Word Origin

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren

Example Sentences Including 'hanker'

But he did not hanker for some obscure posting, which was how the ladder was climbed.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
Or was she destined to always hanker for what she couldn't have?
Cathy Kelly JUST BETWEEN US (2002)
When her prices please me, when I find her service courteous, when I hanker for her familiar product, then I love her with all my heart.
Reeves, Robert Doubting Thomas


Comment byveroniquefrancesca on 7 Jun 2013

Do you get a hankering for house hunting? CNN Student News

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