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[skuhn-er] /ˈskʌn ər/
an irrational dislike; loathing:
She took a scunner to him.
verb (used without object)
Scot. and North England. to feel or show violent disgust, especially to flinch, blanch, or gag.
verb (used with object)
Scot. and North England. to disgust; nauseate.
Origin of scunner
1325-75; Middle English (Scots) skunner to shrink back in disgust, equivalent to skurn to flinch (akin to scare) + -er -er6, with loss of first r by dissimilation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scunner
Historical Examples
  • And that would give him a scunner against your story, mebbe!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Them that likesna water brose will scunner at cauld steerie.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The scunner in the foretop was near blinded by the driven snow.

  • But she had what the Scotch call a 'scunner' against me when I was a boy.

    What Timmy Did

    Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • Scunder or scunner; a dislike; to take a dislike or disgust against anything.

  • There he sat, a muckle fat, white hash of a man like creish, wi' a kind of a holy smile that gart me scunner.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Was it possible that Timmy had a "scunner" against poor little Enid Crofton?

    What Timmy Did

    Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • Wilson took a scunner at Aberdeen, and decided to leave it and look around him.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • "So I would if it weren't that I've a kind of a scunner of those black bog-holes," Bale said.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • When the three walked out together, they made a scunner run through the colony o' Larut.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for scunner


/ˈskʌnə; Scottish ˈskʌnər/
(intransitive) to feel aversion
(transitive) to produce a feeling of aversion in
a strong aversion (often in the phrase take a scunner to)
an object of dislike; nuisance
Word Origin
C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for scunner



Extreme dislike; hostility: had taken a scunner against the main competitor

[1500+; fr Scots dialect]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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