- To eschew is defined as to purposely try to stay away from or to avoid.
An example of eschew is when you hate airplanes and never go on them.
Origin of eschewMiddle English eschewen ; from Anglo-French eschuer ; from Old French eschiver ; from Old High German sciuhan, to fear: akin to shy
transitive verbes·chewed, es·chew·ing, es·chews
- To avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of: “Italian tends to eschew the sort of polite euphemisms in which English glories” (David Leavitt). See Synonyms at evade.
- To refrain from (doing something).
Origin of eschewMiddle English escheuen, from Old French eschivir, of Germanic origin; akin to shy1.
(third-person singular simple present eschews, present participle eschewing, simple past and past participle eschewed)
- The verb eschew is not normally applied to the avoidance or shunning of a person or physical object, but rather, only to the avoidance or shunning of an idea, concept, or other intangible.