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hankering (ˈhæŋkərɪŋ) 



  1. a desire or yearning (for something or to do something)   ⇒ He had a hankering for a white car.   ⇒ Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?   ⇒ He has always had a hankering to be a nurse.

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

ˈhankering noun

Word Origin

C17: probably from Dutch dialect hankeren

Example Sentences Including 'hankering'

After The Stranglers had made three albums, we developed a hankering to record somewhere other than the UK.
Hugh Cornwell A MULTITUDE OF SINS: Golden Brown, The Stranglers and Strange Little Girls (2004)
Forgot birthdays, mealtimes, hair appointments, anniversaries, all in a miasma of other-worldly hankering.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)
Go clear out the dishwasher, if you're still hankering for something to do.
MacLeod, Charlotte Something in the Water
I mean, I reckon I look and act like a Terry, not a Bob, but I always had a secret hankering to be a (you guessed it) Bill.
Misc (1999)
It is not possible to go back in time, so you should not waste time hankering after something you cannot have.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Poor Paitoo, his colonial hankering of better days destroyed at the door of the choo.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
Too bad if the car upgrade, or the Swatch watch you were hankering after, won't happen next month.
Business Today (2001)
When a mummy doesn't feel so yummy she might just find herself hankering for a little bit on the side.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)


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