Definition of scunner in US English:



  • 1A strong dislike.

    ‘why have you a scunner against him?’
    • ‘The jury obviously took a scunner (an intense disliking) to the plaintiff and the plaintiff's case.’
    • ‘Labour's opponents claim they are encountering a door-step scunner factor with the government's choice of election timing, four days before Christmas.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 A source of irritation or strong dislike.
      • ‘Against that dark, wavy-haired, bespectacled and pompous little individual, I had taken an instant scunner.’


[no object]Scottish
  • Feel disgust or strong dislike.

    • ‘One of the ablest political figures of his generation, Salmond, scunnered, gave up on leading the parliament he had devoted his life to winning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The public is scunnered enough with politics as it is.’
    • ‘If Salmond was scunnered with Scotland, why not let him have a rest in Westminster?’
    • ‘Scunnered with the malign Scottish press, scunnered with his own backbenchers, scunnered with the amateurism and ineptness of the parliament.’
    • ‘I'm also scunnered with talking about cross-dressing and engaging in the whole ‘should men wear skirts’ debate, feeling as I do that it merely illustrates for the umpteenth time that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.’
    • ‘For 800 of those 850 pages I was transported, absorbed, unsettled and delighted; but scunnered by the cop-out.’
    • ‘I'm fair scunnered about the Holyrood project, and I have the advantage of being fair scunnered before just about anyone else in the country.’
    • ‘I'm a wee bit scunnered with football at the moment, as you can imagine.’
    • ‘There's a good Scots word for McLeish's physical and mental state: he is scunnered.’


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