With a secondary frequentative suffix -er, ultimately pointing to Proto-Germanic *hankōną, an iterative to *hanhaną (“to hang”). Related to Dutch hunkeren (“to crave”), which continues the zero-grade iterative.
- Rhymes: -æŋkə(r)
- To crave, want or desire.
- If you hanker for chocolate, you'll like this fudge recipe.
- 2012, The Economist, 13 Oct 2012, Butlers: Very good, sir
- [...] the newly rich hanker after old aristocratic glitz.