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shun definition


This page has 7 definitions of shun in English, Japanese, and Mandarin. Shun is a verb and romanization. Examples of how to use shun in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Shun, shùn, shǔn, and sħun

English shun definition


From Middle English shǒnen (decline to do, avoid, fear), from Old English scunian, possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewdʰ- (to cover, wrap, encase), from *(s)kewH- (to cover, hide); if so, cognate with Old English hȳdan (to hide, conceal, preserve).



shun (third-person singular simple present shuns, present participle shunning, simple past and past participle shunned)

  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially persistently.
    Acrophobes shun mountaineering.
    • 2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
  2. (transitive) To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
  3. (transitive) To screen, hide.
  4. (transitive) To shove, push.

Derived terms


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Japanese shun definition



  1. Rōmaji transcription of しゅん

Mandarin shun definition



  1. Nonstandard spelling of shǔn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of shùn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.