New Game: What's the Word? in Forum Games Posted 14 hours ago · Report reply What's the Word? - ESCHEW pronunciation: [əs-cho͞o] Part of speech: verb Origin: Late middle English, 14th century meaning: 1. To avoid as a point of habit --- 2. To shun or abstain from something for moral reasons "She eschews alcohol and drugs in favor of a healthy, low-key lifestyle." "Many religious figures in history have eschewed basic comforts to get closer to the noble truths they pursue." About Eschew Many religious faiths around the world require the eschewing of certain foods, activities, or lifestyles as a sign of respect or reverence towards their god or gods. Judaism is among the most famous of these, with strict adherents eschewing fish without fins or scales, shellfish, and pigs. Did you Know? What does eschewing something from your life have to do with being shy? Their relationship is etymological, as both words originally came from an Old German verb that meant "to frighten off."