verb (used with object)
- to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
- (tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid
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.