Definition of hanker in English:

hanker

Line breaks: han¦ker
Pronunciation: /ˈhaŋkə
 
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verb

[no object] (hanker after/for/to do something)
Feel a strong desire for or to do something: he hankered after a lost golden age 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, have a longing, have a hankering, crave, desire, wish, want, hunger, thirst, lust, ache, be aching, itch, be itching, burn, be burning, pant, want badly, be eager, be desperate, be hungry, be greedy, be thirsty, be consumed with a/the desire, be eating one's heart out;
fancy, pine for, have one's heart set on
informal be dying, have a yen
archaic be desirous, be athirst
rare suspire
informal yen

Origin

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

Derivatives

hankerer

noun
More 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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