hankering








noun

  1. a longing; craving.

verb (used without object)

  1. to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).

verb

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

“mental craving,” 1660s, see hanker.

v.

c.1600, of unknown origin, probably from Flemish hankeren, related to Dutch hunkeren “to hanker,” of unknown origin; perhaps an intensive of Middle Dutch hangen “to hang” (see hang (v.)). If so, the notion is of “lingering about” with longing or craving. Related: Hankered; hankering.

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