November 01, 2018
hanker (verb)
\HANK-er\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to have an eager or continual desire
How do you use it?
"It's natural he should be disappointed at not having any children . . . he always counted so on making a fuss with 'em when they were little. There's many another man 'ud hanker more than he does." (George Eliot, _Silas Marner_)
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Which of these words do you think is a synonym of "hanker"?

The desired answer is B. "Hanker," "yearn," "long," and "pine" all mean to desire something very much. "Hanker" suggests desiring something but not getting it and so feeling uneasiness (as in, "hankering for money"). "Yearn" implies desiring something in such a way that you experience restless, painful feelings (for example, "yearned to be on their own"). "Long" suggests wanting something with one's whole heart and often striving to get it (such as, "longed to be a writer"). "Pine" carries the idea of one growing weak while continuing to wish for something that one will never have (as in, "pined for absent friends").
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