- The definition of hanker is to long for something.
Wanting chocolate desperately is an example of hanker.
This woman hankers for chocolate.
hanker definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Early 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
hanker definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb han·kered, han·ker·ing, han·kers
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch dialectal hankeren; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
- hankˈer·er noun