- To shun is to ignore, avoid or reject someone or something.
When you continually avoid and ignore someone, this is an example of a situation where you shun that person.
transitive verbshunned shunned, shun·ning, shuns
- To avoid using, accepting, engaging in, or partaking of: shun someone's advice; shun public recognition; shun fatty foods.
- To refuse to accept socially; avoid having social contact with: “Oddly, by being one of the few players who spoke candidly about the business of baseball, he was often shunned by the business world itself” (David Grann).
- To stay away from; not go to: “He shunned the elevator and started up the broad marble stairs” (Frederick Irving Anderson).
Origin of shunMiddle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor.
(third-person singular simple present shuns, present participle shunning, simple past and past participle shunned)
From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde (“to hasten”).