American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have a strong, often restless desire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To long or yearn keenly and with uneasiness; have an uneasy craving: usually followed by after or for.
- To linger with expectation; hang about.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have a vehement desire; -- usually with
- v. To linger in expectation or with desire.
- v. desire strongly or persistently
- Perhaps from Dutch dialectal hankeren; see konk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Gentle reader, if you have never been in battle or captured by robbers, you needn't "hanker" for the experience, but take it as you would your clothing, "second hand.”
“And look o'er the field -- yes! and "hanker" for more.”
“The solitude appealed to her sense of freedom; she did not "hanker" after a society she had never known.”
“So does he now hanker for the life he left behind?”
“Much as neurosurgeons might hanker after white coats with an exceedingly long train (borne through corridors and into the operating theater by respectful junior registrars), most people would regard such a thing as perverse.”
“I can rustle up an eight-course Indian meal after a week of cooking, my bhangra dance steps are starting to resemble the real thing, and I hanker after Shahrukh Khan rather than George Clooney.”
“Oh, I was never afraid of them, believe muh, but I didn't hanker after 'em.”
“Yes, strange sort of a chap. Wouldn't hanker to be bunk-mates with him.”
“Mr. Naimi's statements come as other OPEC members, including Venezuela, Algeria and Libya, hanker after a crude price of $100 a barrel.”
“And the queens ... well they're queens; they just hanker for a little attention now and again.”
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