verb (shuns, shunning, shunned)[with object]
- Persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution: he shunned fashionable societyMore example sentences
avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with; snub, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, ignore, look right through; reject, rebuff, spurn, ostracize• informal give someone the brush-off, freeze out, give someone the bum's rush, give someone the brush off
- 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.