Hanker vs Eager - What's the difference?

hanker | eager |

As a verb hanker

is to crave, want or desire.

As an adjective eager is

(obsolete) sharp; sour; acid.

As a noun eager is

(tidal bore).




(en verb)
  • To crave, want or desire.
  • If you hanker for chocolate, you'll like this fudge recipe.
  • *2012 , The Economist, 13 Oct 2012, Butlers: Very good, sir
  • *:[...] the newly rich hanker after old aristocratic glitz.
  • Usage notes

    * Usually used with for, as in the example above; after may also be used.





    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) eger, from (etyl) egre (French aigre), from (etyl) ; see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.


  • (obsolete) Sharp; sour; acid.
  • * Shakespeare
  • like eager droppings into milk
  • (obsolete) Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.
  • * Shakespeare
  • eager words
  • * Shakespeare
  • a nipping and an eager air
  • (rfc-sense) Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement.
  • * Keble
  • When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant's thrilling kiss.
  • * Hawthorne
  • a crowd of eager and curious schoolboys
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.}}
  • Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.
  • * John Locke
  • Gold will be sometimes so eager , as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself.
  • (comptheory) Not employing lazy evaluation; calculating results immediately, rather than deferring calculation until they are required.
  • an eager algorithm
    * raring
    Derived terms
    * eager beaver * eagerly * eagerness

    Etymology 2

    See (m).


    (en noun)
  • (tidal bore).
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