Definition of hanker verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hanker

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkər//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hanker
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkər//
 
he / she / it hankers
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərz//
 
past simple hankered
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərd//
 
past participle hankered
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərd//
 
-ing form hankering
BrE BrE//ˈhæŋkərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋkərɪŋ//
 
 
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to have a strong desire for something hanker after/for something He had hankered after fame all his life. She still hankered for her homeland. hanker to do something She hankered to go back to Australia. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably related to hang; compare with Dutch hunkeren.Extra examples She’s always hankering after excitement. He hankered to go back to Australia. She still hankered after her dancing days.
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