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shun

[shuhn]
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verb (used with object), shunned, shun·ning.
  1. to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
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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

Synonyms

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evade, eschew.

Antonyms

seek.
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Examples from the Web for shunner

Historical Examples

  • Peter Carew of the Blues had been no shunner of women in those days; no taciturn, silent, unappreciative onlooker.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page


British Dictionary definitions for shunner

shun

verb shuns, shunning or shunned
  1. (tr) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
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Derived Formsshunnable, adjectiveshunner, noun

Word Origin

Old English scunian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for shunner

shun

v.

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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