Definition of Hanker

1. Verb. Desire strongly or persistently. "They hanker to move "

Exact synonyms: Long, Yearn
Specialized synonyms: Ache, Languish, Pine, Yearn, Yen
Generic synonyms: Desire, Want
Derivative terms: Hankering, Longer, Longing, Yearner, Yearning



Definition of Hanker

1. v. i. To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have a vehement desire; -- usually with for or after; as, to hanker after fruit; to hanker after the diversions of the town.

Definition of Hanker

1. Verb. To crave, want or desire. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hanker

1. to long for [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Hanker

1. 1. To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have a vehement desire; usually with for or after; as, to hanker after fruit; to hanker after the diversions of the town. "He was hankering to join his friend." (J. A. Symonds) 2. To linger in expectation or with desire. Origin: Prob. Fr. Hang; cf. D. Hunkeren, hengelen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hanker

hangtags
hangtime
hangtimes
hangul
hangulization
hangup
hangups
hanimal
haniwa
hanjaeo
hanjar
hanjars
hank
hank panky
hanked
hanker (current term)
hankered
hankerer
hankerers
hankering
hankeringly
hankerings
hankers
hankey
hankie
hankies
hanking
hanksite
hanky

Literary usage of Hanker

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1. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (1880)
"They shook their heads and said— "Baked, they were tough; and even boiled, they warn't things for a hungry man to hanker after." We went down the glen after ..."

2. English Synonyms Discriminated by William Taylor (1856)
"To hanker after (to hanker is the frequentative of to hang) marks a ... Some children will hanker a long time after their nurses, and it is with the ..."

3. History of the Jews in America: From the Period of the Discovery of the New by Peter Wiernik (1912)
"The legend about the Jewish origin of Chevalier de Levis—Aaron Hart, the English Commissary, and Abraham Gradis, the French hanker— ..."

4. At Home in Fijiby Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming by Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming (1817)
"To display ; to exhibit; to shew; to indicate. — haho'.v. To bedew. hamo. To hanker after; to long for; to envy. haw-tow. To skirmish ; a skirmishing party ..."

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