As a verb hanker
is to crave, want or desire.
As a noun penchant is
taste, liking, or inclination (for).
To crave, want or desire.
*2012 , The Economist, 13 Oct 2012,
- If you hanker for chocolate, you'll like this fudge recipe.
Butlers: Very good, sir
*:[...] the newly rich hanker after old aristocratic glitz.
* Usually used with for, as in the example above; after may also be used.
taste, liking, or inclination (for)
- He has a penchant for fine wine.