Adjective "hanker" definition and examples

(Hanker may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Feel a strong desire for or to do something.
  1. 'she hankered to go back'
  2. 'So, if you have a hankering to be creative and would like to makeover your home this spring, or you have a sewing machine stashed away that you never quite got round to using then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.'
  3. 'Thirty-four, and fit again, he has a hankering to get off the rollercoaster which has been his career since he was unveiled as Rangers' big-name Scottish signing two years ago.'
  4. 'I'm not a lawyer (never even had a teensy tiny hankering to go to law school), but a PhD student in political science.'
  5. 'Two separate sets of friends had gone there and instructed me not to follow in their footsteps, but every time I passed the Spanish deli at Canonmills, I had a hankering to try the restaurant.'
  6. 'Right now it's just after 9am on the East Coast, so many of you are probably just settling in to your chairs with some hot coffee and a hankering to do something other than work.'
  7. 'To be honest, I'm hankering to work on some of my ‘real’ writing for a bit, maybe putting out two new books using that cool new Cafe Press publishing service.'
  8. 'I spent almost the whole day sleeping, which was decidedly lovely, and I've been hankering to play Civilization: Call to Power for a couple of days, so despite a long To Do List, that's what I'm going to do.'
  9. 'Prerequisites are a willingness to experiment, a desire to play, and a hankering to shake up preconceived notions about your art and photography.'
  10. 'I still cannot figure out why the machine dials the Internet every 15 minutes; I've checked every program that hankers to be online, and they all insist they're guiltless.'
  11. 'Besides, I had to tell Graham what had kept me and, in my experience, a story that's told too often gets to be tedious to the teller and I have a hankering to write it out properly one day.'

More definitions

1. to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be hanker after furnitures."

"people can be hanker."


Early 17th century: probably related to hang; compare with Dutch hunkeren.