Definition of scunner in English:



  • 1A strong dislike.

    ‘why have you a scunner against him?’
    • ‘Roth takes an especial scunner to poor Kentucky, his locus of American evil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Labour's opponents claim they are encountering a door-step scunner factor with the government's choice of election timing, four days before Christmas.’
    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.

    • ‘The public is scunnered enough with politics as it is.’
    • ‘For 800 of those 850 pages I was transported, absorbed, unsettled and delighted; but scunnered by the cop-out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scunnered with the malign Scottish press, scunnered with his own backbenchers, scunnered with the amateurism and ineptness of the parliament.’
    • ‘One of the ablest political figures of his generation, Salmond, scunnered, gave up on leading the parliament he had devoted his life to winning.’
    • ‘I'm a wee bit scunnered with football at the moment, as you can imagine.’
    • ‘If Salmond was scunnered with Scotland, why not let him have a rest in Westminster?’
    • ‘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 fair scunnered about the Holyrood project, and I have the advantage of being fair scunnered before just about anyone else in the country.’
    • ‘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.