Find the word definition

Crossword clues for hankered

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hanker \Han"ker\ (h[a^][ng]"k[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hankered (-k[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hankering.] [Prob. fr. hang; cf. D. hunkeren, hengelen.]

  1. 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.

    He was hankering to join his friend.
    --J. A. Symonds.

  2. To linger in expectation or with desire.


vb. (en-past of: hanker)

Usage examples of "hankered".

He was a boy of eleven, and he also hankered to see an eastern town, all settled up and civilized.

Then Horace told him the story that they were letting out about the baby, how it was the Berrys' youngest, and they gave it up for Old Peg Guester to raise, cause they didn't need another child and she'd always hankered to have her a son.