- The definition of hanker is to long for something.
Wanting chocolate desperately is an example of hanker.
This woman hankers for chocolate.
Origin of hankerEarly Modern English probably ; from Dutch or Low German source, as in Flemish hankeren, to desire, long for, Dutch hunkeren, frequentative formation and amp; metaphoric extension ; from base of hang
intransitive verbhan·kered, han·ker·ing, han·kers
Origin of hankerPerhaps from Dutch dialectal hankeren; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hankers, present participle hankering, simple past and past participle hankered)