hanker, v. i. [Prob. fr. hang; cf. D. hunkeren, hengelen.].
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.Addison. [1913 Webster]
"He was hankering to join his friend."
To linger in expectation or with desire. Thackeray. [1913 Webster]
ache, covet, crave, desire, fancy, hunger, hunger after, hunger for, itch for, long for, lust, lust after, lust for, pine, pine for, sigh, thirst, thirst after, thirst for, want, wish, yearn, yearn for, yen
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