Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of: synonym: evade.
  • transitive verb To refrain from (doing something).

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, formal To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.

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

  • verb avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of

Etymologies

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

[Middle English escheuen, from Old French eschivir, of Germanic origin; akin to shy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

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  • Reesetee, is this word on your "Gesundheit" list?

    November 1, 2007

  • Wha...? Weird! I was sure it was, but that handy list to our right says otherwise!

    Okay, now it is. :-)

    November 1, 2007

  • I know, I love that list on the right. It really is very handy!

    November 1, 2007

  • those who follow a macrobiotic diet eschew potatoes

    December 6, 2008

  • Eschew obfuscation!

    October 10, 2010

  • avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of

    Politicians are the masters of eschewing morals; academics are the masters of eschewing clarity.

    October 12, 2016