verb (shuns, shunning, shunned)[with object]
- Persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution: he shunned fashionable society (as adjective shunned) the shunned wife’s quiet divorceMore example sentences
avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, leave alone, not touch; snub, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, ignore, turn one's back on, cut, cut dead, look right through; reject, rebuff, dismiss, brush off, turn down, spurn, disdain, refuse, decline, repudiate, ostracize• informal give someone the brush-off, tell someone where to get off, put down, freeze out, stiff-armBritish • informal knock back, send to CoventryAustralian • informal snout• informal , • dated give someone the go-by
- Because if society shuns them and refuses to hire them, then what are they left with besides more crime?
- It's a case of the more you attempt to avoid a public or shun publicity, the more it makes you enigmatic.
- He now lives a quiet, reclusive life in rural Cheshire, with wife Christine, shunning the media spotlight.
Old English scunian 'abhor, shrink back with fear, seek safety from an enemy', of unknown origin.