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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scunnered


adjective dialect, mainly Scot

annoyed, discontented, or bored
nauseated or disgusted, esp from a surfeit of food, drink, etc

Word Origin for scunnered

C15: of unknown origin



(intr) to feel aversion
(tr) 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 for scunner

C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin
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