transitive verb \ˈshən\

: to avoid (someone or something)


Full Definition of SHUN

:  to avoid deliberately and especially habitually <shuns publicity>
shun·ner noun

Examples of SHUN

  1. He shuns parties and social events.
  2. After his divorce he found himself being shunned by many of his former friends.

Origin of SHUN

Middle English shonen, shunnen, from Old English scunian
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SHUN

escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent <nothing escapes her sharp eyes>. avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty <try to avoid past errors>. evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding <evaded the question by changing the subject>. elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes <what she sees in him eludes me>. shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence <you have shunned your responsibilities>. eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful <a playwright who eschews melodrama>.

Rhymes with SHUN

SHUNNER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈshən\

Definition of SHUN for Kids

:  to avoid purposely or by habit <He shunned noisy places.>


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