[ skuhn-er ]

  1. an irrational dislike; loathing: She took a scunner to him.

verb (used without object)
  1. Scot. and North England. to feel or show violent disgust, especially to flinch, blanch, or gag.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Words Nearby scunner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scunner in a sentence

  • Was it possible that Timmy had a "scunner" against poor little Enid Crofton?

    What Timmy Did | Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • But she had what the Scotch call a 'scunner' against me when I was a boy.

    What Timmy Did | Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • "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
  • In these days I would scunner at the very word, if you know what that means, M. Montaiglon.

    Doom Castle | Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for scunner


/ (ˈskʌnə, Scottish ˈskʌnər) dialect, mainly Scot /

  1. (intr) to feel aversion

  2. (tr) to produce a feeling of aversion in

  1. a strong aversion (often in the phrase take a scunner to)

  2. an object of dislike; nuisance

Origin of scunner

C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin

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