- The definition of hanker is to long for something.
Wanting chocolate desperately is an example of hanker.
This woman hankers for chocolate.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Early ModE, probably from Dutch or Low German source, as inch(es) Flemish hankeren, to desire, long for, Dutch hunkeren, frequentative formation and amp; metaphoric extension from base of hang
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intransitive verb han·kered, han·ker·ing, han·kers
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch dialectal hankeren; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
- hankˈer·er noun