Meaning of “hanker after/for sth” - Learner’s Dictionary

hanker after/for sth

phrasal verb with hanker us uk /ˈhæŋkər/ verb

to want something very much, especially over a long period of time:

I might buy him that CD player he's been hankering after.

(Definition of “hanker after/for sth” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)