As verbs the difference between hanker and pester
is that hanker
is to crave, want or desire while pester
is to bother, harass or annoy persistently.
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.
* pestre (obsolete)
To bother, harass or annoy persistently.