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scunner

[ skuhn-er ]
/ ˈskʌn ər /
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noun
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for scunner

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

verb
(intr) to feel aversion
(tr) to produce a feeling of aversion in
noun
a strong aversion (often in the phrase take a scunner to)
an object of dislike; nuisance

Word Origin for scunner

C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin
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