Meaning of “hanker” in the English Dictionary

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"hanker" in American English

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hankerverb [ I ]

us /ˈhæŋ·kər/

to have a strong desire for something:

I’ve been hankering for a hot dog.
[ + to infinitive ] I always hankered to go to Nashville.
hankering
noun [ C ] us /ˈhæŋ·kər·ɪŋ/

She’s got a hankering to write plays.

(Definition of “hanker” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)