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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.
seek. Unabridged
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  • He shunned society; avoided all unnecessary movement or excitement.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He shunned all the world; he went alone like a wounded deer.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • I have foreseen this day so long and shunned it that now I meet it almost with extended hands.

  • He proved himself a good soldier; he shunned no toil nor danger.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • He was without society, for he was shunned by the resident gentlemen in the neighbourhood.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for shunned


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 shunned



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.

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