scunner

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scunner a strong dislike "they took a scunner against the United States"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scunner A feeling of disgust or loathing; a strong prejudice; abhorrence; as, to take a scunner against some one.
    • v. t Scunner To cause to loathe, or feel disgust at.
    • v. i Scunner To have a feeling of loathing or disgust; hence, to have dislike, prejudice, or reluctance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scunner To be or become nauseated; feel disgust, loathing, repugnance, or abhorrence.
    • scunner To shrink back with disgust or strong repugnance: generally with at before the object of dislike.
    • scunner To affect with nausea, loathing, or disgust; nauseate.
    • n scunner A feeling of nausea, disgust, or abhorrence; a loathing; a fantastic prejudice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scunner skun′ėr (Scot.) to become nauseated: to feel loathing
    • n Scunner a loathing, any fantastic prejudice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Shun

Usage

In literature:

There gaed a scunner through the flesh upon his banes; and that was Heeven's advertisement.
"The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The verra hert gaed frae me for hoarible dreid, an' scunner at mysel'!
"Sir Gibbie" by George MacDonald
I'm feart I'll jist scunner (disgust) ye.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
Sometimes, too, the animals seems to take a scunner at a place, and keeps out o' the way.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Laddie and man, as weel you ken, you were aye a scunner to me.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
There he sat, a muckle fat, white hash of a man like creish, wi' a kind of a holy smile that gart me scunner.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She's a fair scunner!
"The Underworld" by James C. Welsh
I hae ta'en an awfu' scunner till ye!
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
But she had what the Scotch call a 'scunner' against me when I was a boy.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
There's naught in me to take a scunner at.
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
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