English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from eschewen Anglo-Norman (third-person present eschiver ), from eschiu Frankish ( *sciuhan “ to dread, shun, avoid ”), from Proto-Germanic ( *skiuhwijaną “ to frighten ”). Cognate with Old High German ( sciuhen “ to frighten off ”). More at . shy
Pronunciation [ edit ]
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.
Usage notes [ edit ]
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.
Quotations [ edit ]
ME « 15th c.
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References [ edit ]
↑ 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