from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To avoid; shun. See Synonyms at escape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shun; to avoid, as something wrong, or from a feeling of distaste; to keep one's self clear of.
  • transitive v. To escape from; to avoid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unwilling; disinclined.
  • To refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from; shun; avoid.
  • To escape from; evade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of


Middle English escheuen, from Old French eschivir, of Germanic origin; akin to shy1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eschewen, from Anglo-Norman eschiver (third-person present eschiu), from Frankish *sciuhan (“to dread, shun, avoid”), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwijanan (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German sciuhen ("to frighten off"). More at shy. (Wiktionary)



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