Hanker Han"ker (h[a^][ng]"k[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hankered} (-k[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hankering}.] [Prob. fr. hang; cf. D. hunkeren, hengelen.] 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. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

He was hankering to join his friend. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

2. To linger in expectation or with desire. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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