scunner

scunner

[skuhn-er]
noun
1.
an irrational dislike; loathing: She took a scunner to him.
verb (used without object)
2.
Scot. and North England. to feel or show violent disgust, especially to flinch, blanch, or gag.
verb (used with object)
3.
Scot. and North England. to disgust; nauseate.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (Scots) skunner to shrink back in disgust, equivalent to skurn to flinch (akin to scare) + -er -er6, with loss of first r by dissimilation

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scunner (ˈskʌnə, Scottish ˈskʌnər)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to feel aversion
2.  (tr) to produce a feeling of aversion in
 
n
3.  a strong aversion (often in the phrase take a scunner to)
4.  an object of dislike; nuisance
 
[C14: from Scottish skunner, of unknown origin]

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