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Definitions of hanker

  1. To linger in expectation or with desire. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To desire eagerly; with after; crave. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To long for with eagerness and uneasiness: to linger about. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To long for; crave. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To have an incessant desire; hunger; crave. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. desire strongly or persistently Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To long for with eagerness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Hankering. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for hanker

  1. It is so good of Him to have given you something to lay at His feet; shall not this goodness lead you to lay it all there, and never hanker after taking it back for yourself or the world? – Kept for the Master's Use by Frances Ridley Havergal
  2. He don't seem to hanker much for the society of men. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
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