Origin of hankerEarly ModE, probably from Dutch or Low German source, as in Flemish hankeren, to desire, long for, Dutch hunkeren, frequentative formation and metaphoric extension from base of hang
This woman hankers for chocolate.
Wanting chocolate desperately is an example of hanker.
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)
- Your partner may hanker after a classically romantic proposal and may be a little surprised or disappointed by a proposal that they feel is perhaps too unusual.
- The death of an uncle, who had occupied the see of Cortona with great pomp, induced the young Guicciardini to hanker after an ecclesiastical career.
- If you hanker for smoking your cigar among dark wood paneling and an air of mystery, Greater Trumps is for you.