See also: Scunner

English edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Scots scunner, skunner, from Old Scots skunnyr, skowner (to shrink back; flinch), from Middle English skoneren (to feel sick or disgusted), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a frequentative of shun. If so, etymologically shun +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). Compare also Middle English scurnen (to flinch), English scare, English scorn.

Verb edit

scunner (third-person singular simple present scunners, present participle scunnering, simple past and past participle scunnered)

  1. To be sick of.
  2. (Northumbria) To dislike.
  3. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To cause to loathe, or feel disgust at.
    • 2022, Liam McIlvanney, The Heretic, page 123:
      But maybe she'd just got scunnered with Glasgow, fucked off to try her luck someplace else.

Noun edit

scunner (countable and uncountable, plural scunners)

  1. (Northumbria) Dislike or aversion.
  2. (North Yorkshire, derogatory) An urban youth usually associated with trouble or petty crime; a young chav.

Synonyms edit

Further reading edit

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN

Anagrams edit

Scots edit

Verb edit

scunner (third-person singular simple present scunners, present participle scunnerin, simple past scunnert, past participle scunnert)

  1. to loathe, to feel disgust

Noun edit

scunner (plural scunners)

  1. disgust, the object of loathing
  2. a disappointment, caused by an unlucky or unfortunate set of circumstances.