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  1. an irrational dislike; loathing: She took a scunner to him.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Scot. and North England. to feel or show violent disgust, especially to flinch, blanch, or gag.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Scot. and North England. to disgust; nauseate.
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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
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for scunner


  1. (intr) to feel aversion
  2. (tr) to produce a feeling of aversion in
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  1. a strong aversion (often in the phrase take a scunner to)
  2. an object of dislike; nuisance
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Word Origin

C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin
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