Definition of hanker :
1. To linger in expectation or with desire.
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.
desire (part of speech: verb)
- Once, I remember, the good woman told us that she had overslept herself, and that the cow had come and gone again, " not liking, I expect, to hanker about by herself for nothing, poor thing." - "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
- But we feel that the Reader is beginning to hanker for a few pieces of description of Najma's charms. - "The Book of Khalid", Ameen Rihani.
- " I want to do my duty, General; but I don't hanker after danger," said I. " A prudent answer," said he; " come here." - "Who Goes There?", Blackwood Ketcham Benson.