Definition of scunner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskənər/
chiefly Scottish


1A strong dislike: why have you a scunner against him?
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  • The jury obviously took a scunner (an intense disliking) to the plaintiff and the plaintiff's case.
  • But he does harbour this horrible dread of dentistry which became a real scunner when he suffered a bout of toothache.
  • Roth takes an especial scunner to poor Kentucky, his locus of American evil.
1.1A source of irritation or strong dislike.
Example sentences
  • Against that dark, wavy-haired, bespectacled and pompous little individual, I had taken an instant scunner.


[no object]
Feel disgust or strong dislike.
Example sentences
  • Somebody might inform him that while he may know the Danish and English words for the feelings he has experienced this week, he should be aware they could best be described, in Scottish terms, as scunnered.
  • I'm a wee bit scunnered with football at the moment, as you can imagine.
  • Scunnered with the malign Scottish press, scunnered with his own backbenchers, scunnered with the amateurism and ineptness of the parliament.


Late Middle English (first used in the sense 'shrink back with fear'): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with scunner

Corunna, front-runner, gunner, oner, punner, runner, stunner

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Syllabification: scun·ner

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