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Hanker


HANK'ER, verb intransitive

1. To long for with a keen appetite and uneasiness; in a literal sense; as, to hanker for fruit, or after fruit.

2. To have a vehement desire of something, accompanied with uneasiness; as, to hanker after the diversions of the town.

It is usually followed by after. It is a familiar, but not a low word.