• WordNet 3.6
    • v hanker desire strongly or persistently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hanker To linger in expectation or with desire.
    • Hanker 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hanker To long or yearn keenly and with uneasiness; have an uneasy craving: usually followed by after or for.
    • hanker To linger with expectation; hang about.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hanker hangk′ėr to long for with eagerness: to linger about (with after, for)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. hang,; cf. D. hunkeren, hengelen,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. of hang, in sense to hang on; cf. Dut. hunkeren.


In literature:

But starships are more important than a fool's hankering to be famous!
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He had been in far too many hot corners to retain any of his old hankering after them, and the Grass Bank was hotter than Booligal.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
But so long as our cravings and hankerings are not tainted with injustice, we are innocent of evil.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Tydides paid the boaster's score, And for Achilles' steeds he hankers now no more.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Nobody else will ever hanker to own her.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
I don't hanker to hold that tearing varmint.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
That was his last real hesitation, though it must be confessed he had some trials and hankerings.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
And he says he doesn't hanker much after heaven; that home is plenty good enough for him.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
If the feller on shore is hankering for gore let him swim after us.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
My feeling is likely less acute than yours but I've always hankered to get back to where the sage and pine trees run together.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts

In poetry:

Yet, tho' they little dream of it,
Our wild black brothers do their bit;
For while they hanker for a fight
They help to keep Australia white.
"Black and White" by C J Dennis
The little lives of earth and form,
Of finding food, and keeping warm,
Are not like ours, and yet
A kinship lingers nonetheless:
We hanker for the homeliness
Of den, and hole, and set.
"The Little Lives Of Earth And Form" by Philip Larkin
Old wortermelon time is a-comin' round again,
And they ain't no man a-livin' any tickleder'n me,
Fer the way I hanker after wortermelons is a sin--
Which is the why and wharefore, as you can plainly see.
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley
Oh! it's wortermelon time is a-comin' round again,
And they ain't no man a-livin' any tickleder'n me,
Fer the way I hanker after wortermelons is a sin--
Which is the why and wharefore, as you can plainly see.
"Wortermelon Time" by James Whitcomb Riley
Of the rich men it telleth, and strange is the story
How they have, and they hanker, and grip far and wide;
And they live and they die, and the earth and its glory
Has been but a burden they scarce might abide.
"The Message Of The March Wind" by William Morris
O the eastern preachers preach, and the long-haired poets sing
Of the "noble braves" and "dusky maidens fair;"
But if they had pioneered 'twould have been another thing
When the "Injuns" got a-hankering for their "hair."
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

So what do you do when you have a hankering for really good lox and bagels and you live 3,000 miles west of Amsterdam and 86th.
She writes about healthcare at the Star Tribune and hankers after warmer climates.
In Moldavia , A Hankering for Attention.
On a recent business trip to Colorado, Japan's agriculture minister popped into an inviting Japanese restaurant with a hankering for a taste of back home.
Have a hankering to take the kids fishing for some rainbow trout.
Right around 3 pm each day, I get a hankering for a pick-me-up.
If you're hankering for some raunch, consider moseying over to Launchpad tonight for electrotrash act Punk Bunny's show.
In early 2007 I had a hankering to play big-band jazz, something I hadn't done since 1994.
Renning, then 18, had such a hankering for a slice of pizza she did the next best thing.
Detroit-area residents with a hankering for cupcakes and Faygo pop can now have them together.
Hankering for a getaway in Fiji.
Where to go when you have a hankering for a hot dog.
Still, sometimes I get a hankering for lasagna , no matter what the weather.
Say you have a hankering for floating peacefully down a shaded river, but you don't have a boat or a tube.
If you've got a hankering for meatballs , there may not be a better place to be than the Meatball Shop Pop-Up, which will spring to life at 5 pm Dec 3 in Oakland.

In science:

Wilkins hoped that propositions, in his interlingua, would be \philosophically unfolded" and that pompous-sounding expressions should be summarily debunked; like Bacon before him and Ogden after him, he hankered after clear expression through the medium of a transparent language.
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