From Middle English eschewen, from Anglo-Norman eschiver (third-person present eschiu), from Frankish *sciuhan (“to dread, shun, avoid”), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwijaną (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German sciuhen (“to frighten off”). More at shy.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɛsˈtʃu/, /ɪsˈtʃu/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɛsˈtʃu/, /ɪsˈtʃu/, IPA(key): /ɛsˈtʃju/
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- 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.
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- 1599, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
- What cannot be eschew’d must be embrac’d.
- 1927, H.P. Lovecraft, The Horror at Red Hook
- He could afford no servants, and would admit but few visitors to his absolute solitude; eschewing close friendships and receiving his rare acquaintances in one of the three ground-floor rooms which he kept in order.
- Concise Oxford English Dictionary
- ^ the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
- ^ MacMillan's British dictionary
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition
- ^ Dictionary.com's (primary) dictionary
- 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