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.
eschew (third-person singular simple present eschews, present participle eschewing, simple past and past participle eschewed)
- (transitive, formal) To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.
- The verb eschew is not normally applied to the avoidance or shunning of a person or physical object, but rather, only to the avoidance or shunning of an idea, concept, or other intangible.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Concise Oxford English Dictionary
- ^ the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
- ^ MacMillan's British dictionary
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition
- ^ Dictionary.com's (primary) dictionary
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Keynon and Knott's A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English
- ^ Collins English Dictionary, tenth edition
- ^ John Walker's A Critical Pronuncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language, which quotes James Elphinston, who also preferred the spelling eskew