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 for hankering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hanker \Han"ker\ (h[a^][ng]"k[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Hankered (-k[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hankering.] [Prob.
     fr. hang; cf. D. hunkeren, hengelen.]
     1. To long (for) with a keen appetite and uneasiness; to have
        a vehement desire; -- usually with for or after; as, to
        hanker after fruit; to hanker after the diversions of the
        town. --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
              He was hankering to join his friend.  --J. A.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To linger in expectation or with desire. --Thackeray.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a yearning for something or to do something [syn:
           hankering, yen]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  20 Moby Thesaurus words for "hankering":
     Heimweh, aching, desiderium, homesick, homesickness, honing,
     languishing, languishment, longing, mal du pays, maladie du pays,
     nostalgia, nostalgic, nostomania, pining, wishful, wistful,
     yearnful, yearning, yen

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