hankering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hankering a yearning for something or to do something
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hankering An uneasy craving or longing to possess or enjoy something.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hankering a lingering craving for something
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. of hang, in sense to hang on; cf. Dut. hunkeren.

Usage

In literature:

Rome suggested Southern Italy, and Tasso hankered after the recovery of his mother's fortune.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
I find I have a hankering to be on the move.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The secret of it was her hankering after the Forest, and partly also her longing for those children.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
That's the question a hundred thousand hungry soles, who hanker even ez I do, are daily askin.
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
I hankered to go, but Miss Celia had just got my new books, and I knew she'd feel bad if I gave up going to school.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12" by Various
I had always experienced a boyish hankering that way, and have a natural inclination to seek new experiences.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
I don't hanker after eny myself.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
You see, I still have a hankering for aeroplanes.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
What a contrast to Molly's crude ignorance and hankering after success!
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
And in fact from the first the lad's soul hankered after the broad lands of Leicestershire rather than the counting-house in Threadneedle Street.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
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In poetry:

Memory's sunken anchor,
Yearns my heart
Rusts and rusts to hanker,
Grieves to part.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
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
Some lasses will talk to their lads wi' their e'e,
Yet hanker to tell what their hearts really dree;
Wi' Johnnie I stood upon nae stapping-stane,
Sae I 'll never gae back to my mammy again.
Wi' Johnnie I stood, &c.
"I Winna Gang Back To My Mammy Again" by Richard Gall
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:

Today's onslaught of snow has me hankering for a hearty dinner.
I'm hankering for some juicy chicken and I thought I would share with you guys my husband's recipe for Beer Can Chicken.
" Bellflower " features a homemade flame- thrower, a muscle car christened Medusa and an unsavory hankering for the apocalypse as envisioned by the "Mad Max" flicks of the 1980s.
If you're hankering to see what Billabong 's cooked up for its Spring 2013 collection, you might want to attend its upcoming Design for Humanity fund-raiser on July 25.
Americans have long hankered for formulas to predict elections.
Now you hardly see it anywhere, but occasionally I still have a hankering for a super-sweet drink.
Hankering for a getaway in Fiji.
And soon other's -- hankering for squab by raising his own pigeons.
Splitter hankering to be hacked.
Sports Got a Hankering To Coach Hockey In The Desert.
Been hankering for a pet bull.
Hankering to probe Lincoln's death.
In Moldavia, A Hankering for Attention.
If you are hankering for some new music from Lil Wayne, well, good news, he's got you covered.
Are you hankering for a big sloppy slice of chocolate cake, but it's not even noon.
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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.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification
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