hanker

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Synonyms for hanker

to have a strong longing for

Synonyms for hanker

desire strongly or persistently

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In my fly-blown blankets I dreamt of London until I hankered after my chambers and my club more than after much fine gold.
Yet my mind hankered, therefore I would go to the steeple house and look on, though I durst not ring.
That was why I had never been satisfied with cooking and dishwashing; that was why I had hankered to run naked in the moonlight.
In this distress I did not know what to do, as his life was apparently declining, and I might perhaps have married again there, very much to my advantage; it had been certainly my business to have stayed in the country, but my mind was restless too, and uneasy; I hankered after coming to England, and nothing would satisfy me without it.
And don't forget the even bigger Spinosaurus, although this big softie hankered mostly for fish and liked nothing more than a swim.