[ shuhn ]
/ ʃʌn /

verb (used with object), shunned, shun·ning.

to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.

Nearby words

  1. shull, clifford,
  2. shultz,
  3. shultz, george pratt,
  4. shulwar,
  5. shumen,
  6. shunpike,
  7. shunt,
  8. shunt-wound,
  9. shunter,
  10. shunting engine

Origin of shun

before 950; Middle English shunen, Old English scunian to avoid, fear

Related formsshun·na·ble, adjectiveshun·ner, nounun·shun·na·ble, adjectiveun·shunned, adjective


[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shun


/ (ʃʌn) /

verb shuns, shunning or shunned

(tr) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
Derived Formsshunnable, adjectiveshunner, noun

Word Origin for shun

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.

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