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hanker

Syllabification: hank·er
Pronunciation: /ˈhaNGkər
 
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Definition of hanker in English:

verb

[no object] (hanker after/for/to do something)
Feel a strong desire for or to do something: his wife accused him of hankering after adultery she hankered to go back
More example sentences
  • Prerequisites are a willingness to experiment, a desire to play, and a hankering to shake up preconceived notions about your art and photography.
  • I still hanker to return home with my family one day but my view of NZ when I was growing up in the 1970's is dead and buried.
  • I still cannot figure out why the machine dials the Internet every 15 minutes; I've checked every program that hankers to be online, and they all insist they're guiltless.
Synonyms
yearn, long, crave, desire, wish, want, hunger, thirst, lust, ache, pant, be eager, be desperate, be eating one's heart out;
fancy, pine
informal be dying, have a yen, itch
informal yen, itch
archaic appetency

Origin

early 17th century: probably related to hang; compare with Dutch hunkeren.

Derivatives

hankerer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Transcribing and translating all this for English-language HK hankerers is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's own Sanney Leung.
  • I want no philosopher queen or king, no prophet exuding revealed truth, no mesmerising Pied Piper, no hawker of appealing mirages, no self-absorbed hankerer for power.
  • The main drag for the fashion hankerer is Strand Arcade in the heart of town.

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