What does the word hanker mean?

Usage examples for hanker

  1. If the dead man had any ornaments they must all be given, however valuable, lest his spirit should hanker after them and return to look for them in the shape of the tiger. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. I don't hanker after a German prison camp. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  3. This is not the romantic melancholy of youth, which dreams of infinite things, but the pain of manhood, which feels the limitations of life, which can laugh at the mockery of attainment, which is sensible of the shame that dwells at the heart of glory, yet which already has begun to hanker after the mean delights of the world, and cannot dispense with the sorry pleasures of self- degradation. – Robert Browning by Edward Dowden