Longing vs Hankering - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between longing and hankering
is that longing
is while hankering
As nouns the difference between longing and hankering
is that longing
is an earnest and deep, not greatly passionate, but rather melancholic desire while hankering
is (often|followed by for or after) a strong, restless desire, longing, or mental inclination.
An earnest and deep, not greatly passionate, but rather melancholic desire.
The buying of a financial instrument with the expectation that its value will rise
* 2008 May 23, James Graff, "
Lost: Labour's Love for Brown," Time :
- [T]here is a clear sense that Britain is hankering for a change at the top.
(often, followed by for or after) A strong, restless desire, longing, or mental inclination.
* 1840 , , The Knight of Malta :
* 1849 , , Shirley , ch. 1:
- I found that he had dipped a little in chimerical studies and had a hankering after astrology and alchymy.
* 1861 , , Framley Parsonage , ch. 4:
- Mike says he even likes to talk to him and run after him, but he has a hankering that Moore should be made an example of.
* 1904 , , Dialstone Lane . ch. 2:
- One may say that hankering after naughty things is the very essence of the evil into which we have been precipitated by Adam's fall.
* 2010 Aug. 12, Michael D. Lemonick, "
- "Some people are fond of a stay-at-home life, but I always had a hankering after adventures."
Study: Lucy's Relatives Used Tools to Butcher Meat," Time :
- In other words, some species of human ancestor . . . not only had a hankering for meat, which scientists had not expected, but used tools to get it.