[ es-choo ]
/ ɛsˈtʃu /

verb (used with object)

to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.

Nearby words

  1. escher,
  2. escher figure,
  3. escher, m. c.,
  4. escherichia,
  5. escherichia coli,
  6. eschscholtzia,
  7. esclavage,
  8. escoffier,
  9. escoffier, georges auguste,
  10. escolar

Origin of eschew

1300–50; Middle English eschewen < Old French eschiver, eschever < Germanic; compare Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen, shy2

Related formses·chew·al, nounes·chew·er, nounun·es·chewed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eschew


/ (ɪsˈtʃuː) /


(tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid
Derived Formseschewal, nouneschewer, noun

Word Origin for eschew

C14: from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy 1, skew

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Word Origin and History for eschew



mid-14c., from Old French eschiver "shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with," from Frankish *skiuhan "dread, avoid, shun," from Proto-Germanic *skeukhwaz (cf. Old High German sciuhen "to avoid, escape," German scheuen "to fear, shun, shrink from," scheu "shy, timid"); see shy (v.). Related: Eschewed; eschewing. Italian schivare "to avoid, shun, protect from," schivo "shy, bashful" also are loan words from West Germanic.

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