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

  • transitive v. To avoid deliberately; keep away from. See Synonyms at escape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To avoid, especially persistently.
  • v. To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
  • v. To screen, hide.
  • v. To shove, push.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To detest; abhor; shrink from.
  • To go or keep away from; keep out of the neighborhood of; avoid.
  • To try to escape from; attempt to elude, generally with success; hence, to evade; escape.
  • To refrain from; eschew; neglect; refuse.
  • To shove; push. Bailey, 1731; Halliwell.
  • To shrink back; fall back; retreat.
  • To avoid or evade danger or injury.
  • To withhold action or participation; refrain, as from doing something.

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

  • v. expel from a community or group
  • v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of


Middle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde ("to hasten"). (Wiktionary)



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