Hankering is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of hankering, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - desire strongly or persistently
EXAMPLES - Hankering in a Sentence
- So does he now hanker for the life he left behind? (source)
- And look o'er the field -- yes! and "hanker" for more. (source)
- Despite the success, he began to hanker for independence again. (source)
- Yes, strange sort of a chap. Wouldn't hanker to be bunk-mates with him. (source)
- Oh, I was never afraid of them, believe muh, but I didn't hanker after 'em. (source)
- Beyond hoping to see great games, do you hanker after supporting another team? (source)
- His silk tie was of a majestic violet as was the hanker-chief in his breast pocket. (source)
- But sometimes I hanker after something more festive, a bit more celebratory and exuberant. (source)
- These were a crude bunch, but they didn't hanker much after killing white men in cold blood. (source)
- And the queens ... well they're queens; they just hanker for a little attention now and again. (source)
- The solitude appealed to her sense of freedom; she did not "hanker" after a society she had never known. (source)
- The surge is to garner the support of one side, the reassurances of withdrawal to hanker to the desires of the other. (source)
- Pink, who plans to have 60 cars by spring, hopes day rentals will make drivers hanker for green machines of their own. (source)
- But it is now a question of teaching our stomach to accept whatever food is available for the taking, rather than hanker for rice. (source)
- He was still too young to hanker after women like he remembered Wastenot and Wantnot doing when they both hit fourteen at a gallop. (source)
- The difference between us "wing-nuts" and lovey-dovey liberals is that we don't purport to hanker after some sort of illusory utopia. (source)
- While investors still hanker for the days of 20%-plus returns on equity, trading operations are turning in far more pedestrian results. (source)
- North of the Ilbar River, where Serbs form a majority they run parallel public institutions and hanker for integration with Serbia proper. (source)
- Five (or six?) generations hanker for the former glory of their family, but the state of the house, the moral fibre of the chidren degenerate. (source)
- What got printed instead is a string of wrong assumptions about these girls, such as that they all hanker to "bring their moms on their dates." (source)
- But even on abysmal days, when I'm cold and snot-nosed, or the quad has a puncture, there's not a great deal from my former life that I hanker after. (source)
- Spanish sponsors, one suspects, hanker after the romantic days of Perico and company (also, perhaps, after a time when dope scandals were less common). (source)
- Those who hanker for something less impenetrable could catch the always amusing John Cooper Clarke, while Jeanette Winterson provides the annual Southbank lecture. (source)
- Gentle reader, if you have never been in battle or captured by robbers, you needn't "hanker" for the experience, but take it as you would your clothing, "second hand." (source)
- However anachronistic or limited his characters may be, they hanker for a better life, know the value of camaraderie, and display true grit when circumstances demand it. (source)
- And I think they - they hanker for, you know, some simplicity, some real basic honest human emotions, and that would sort of cover the general spirit in which I write songs. (source)
- I can rustle up an eight-course Indian meal after a week of cooking, my bhangra dance steps are starting to resemble the real thing, and I hanker after Shahrukh Khan rather than George Clooney. (source)
- They appear, often, to hanker after schools where Tamsin and Oliver will have most of their lessons outside the classrooms, sat beneath a leafy bough with a tome of Carol Ann Duffy's lates odes to peruse. (source)
- An he be not diverted by this, and seeks to ravish thee regardless, call to the nearest other male gob and cry 'Canst stand by and watch me be ravished by this dullard, when thou dost be the one I hanker for?' (source)
- There will be times -- depend on it -- when that choice will, once again, incline China to demonize the United States; and when those Americans who hanker for another cold war appear to have the whip hand in Washington. (source)
- In particular, local government and the state cannot just hanker for the days of public sector largesse or simply divest services to the community or voluntary sector or big business on the shaky principles of "big society". (source)
- Sen. Collins may hanker after an age when financiers operated under the maxim "My word is my bond," but she and her colleagues on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations must know full well that era ended long ago. (source)
- Suggesting NASSCOM, which has already worked in various States, to replicate its success stories in J&K, the Chief Minister said this would inspire and encourage youth to go in for IT and related sectors and not hanker after government jobs. (source)
- There are still unserved populations who hanker for casinos, including "a huge wad of personal income in Texas that doesn't have any gambling outlets," says Eugene Christiansen, CEO of Christiansen Capital Advisors, a New York firm specializing in the industry. (source)
- By any stretch of the imagination, does that person sound like someone who would hanker to be formally recognized at Sears and Walgreens, as though his legacy depended upon being given pride of place among redundant hand appliances and teddy bears in Santa hats? (source)
- For thirds, those who hanker for an age of advertising innocence are referred back to the 80s, when Weetabix ads were fronted by a cartoon posse of bovver-booted, BNP-style enforcers who demanded with menaces that you eat their product, cheerily oblivious to any thuggish overtones. (source)
- Had the deal not been unearthed, it could have been another pain in the asses for most Filipinos, particularly the future generations, who will be paying the huge debts that were pocketed by unscrupulous public officials, who still hanker for more money even if their pockets are already bursting at the seams. (source)
- Let him not think of its misuse, and its emptiness, and the fickleness of mankind, and the like, whereof no man thinks except through a morbidness of disposition; with thoughts like these do the most ambitious most torment themselves, when they despair of gaining the distinctions they hanker after, and in thus giving vent to their anger would fain appear wise. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "hankering" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 16 synonyms for hankering.
ache, craving, druthers, fire in belly, hunger, itch, longing, munchies, pining, thirst, urge, want, weakness, wish, yearning, yen
We have 3 antonyms for hankering.
dislike, hate, hatred
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of hankering from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To have a strong, often restless desire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To crave, want or desire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have a vehement desire; -- usually with for or after
- (verb-intransitive) To linger in expectation or with desire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To long or yearn keenly and with uneasiness; have an uneasy craving: usually followed by after or for.
- (None) To linger with expectation; hang about.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) desire strongly or persistently