American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strong dislike; an aversion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be or become nauseated; feel disgust, loathing, repugnance, or abhorrence.
- To shrink back with disgust or strong repugnance: generally with at before the object of dislike.
- To affect with nausea, loathing, or disgust; nauseate.
- n. A feeling of nausea, disgust, or abhorrence; a loathing; a fantastic prejudice.
- v. To be sick of.
- v. Northumbrian To dislike.
- n. Northumbrian Dislike or aversion.
- n. Yorkshire, pejorative North Yorkshire term for an urban youth and usually associated with trouble or petty crime.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Scot. & Prov. Eng. To cause to loathe, or feel disgust at.
- v. Scot. & Prov. Eng. To have a feeling of loathing or disgust; hence, to have dislike, prejudice, or reluctance.
- n. Scot. & Prov. Eng. A feeling of disgust or loathing; a strong prejudice; abhorrence.
- n. a strong dislike
- From Middle English skunner, to shrink back in disgust, from scurnen, to flinch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For some reason Field had taken what the Scotch call a scunner to ex-President Hayes, whom he regarded as a political Pecksniff.”
“Where a disgust, or, as the Scotch call it, a "scunner," is taken at any food, especially with children, they should never be forced to eat it.”
“Scotch milliner across the road took what she called a "scunner" at the silk and muslin flowers, with their odious starchy, stuffy smell, and wondered where the farmer was, who two years ago had asked her to marry him.”
“a kind of "scunner" at this poor old hotel of magnificent distances and the lingering, doddering, unwashed old men who acted as chambermaids.”
“kings of finance' -- then I suddenly took a 'scunner' as we Scots say, at the whole lot, and hated and despised myself for ever so much as thinking that it might serve my own ends to become their tool.”
“With sound cutting out and shrieking feedback, the actors soldiered on, and it didn't ruin the performance, but it was a right scunner, cause that matinee show was kicking arse up till that moment.”
“And Miss Lucy Ashton, that grudged when an honest woman came near her — a taid may sit on her coffin that day, and she can never scunner when he croaks.”
“I thought she seemed to gie a scunner at the eggs and bacon that Nurse Simson spoke about to her.”
“And, none of us expect him to be loving -- she has a massive blind spot for the wee scunner -- but man, is he ungracious.”
“Still from Harriets patently expedient self interets this is the kind of contempt for democracy and plain speaking that's sure to endear her to the malevolent scunner from Fife.”
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