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)