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[shuhn] /ʃʌn/
verb (used with object), shunned, shunning.
to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
Origin of shun
before 950; Middle English shunen, Old English scunian to avoid, fear
Related forms
shunnable, adjective
shunner, noun
unshunnable, adjective
unshunned, adjective
evade, eschew.


[shoon] /ʃun/
noun, Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
See under Yao.


[you] /yaʊ/
Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun) was a paragon of good government. Unabridged
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  • All I shall do is to think very ill of him, and shun him, and tear his memory out of my heart.

  • For what to shun will no great knowledge need; But what to follow is a task indeed.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • He resolved to mend his ways and shun the too fascinating society of the enchantress.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • The jackal and the hyæna appear to shun the dull aspect of its tombs.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • I shall not shun him, but will fight him, to fall or conquer.

    The Iliad Homer
British Dictionary definitions for shun


verb shuns, shunning, shunned
(transitive) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
Derived Forms
shunnable, adjective
shunner, noun
Word Origin
Old English scunian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for shun

Old English scunian "to shun, avoid; abhor; desist, abstain; to hide, seek safety by concealment," of uncertain origin; not found in any other language. Perhaps ultimately from PIE root *skeu- "to cover, to hide." Related: Shunned; shunning. A shun-pike (American English, 1911) was a road constructed to avoid tolls.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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