From: Glen Riddle (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Mar 22 1998 - 22:04:25 EST
In addition to Edgar's fine input: ME. eschewen, eschuen, fr. OF.
eschiuver, eschiver, eschever, 'to shun', fr. Frankish *skiuhan, which is
rel. to OHG. scheuen, 'to fear, shun, shrink from', MHG. schiech, G.
scheu, 'shy, timid'. It. schivare, 'to avoid, shun, protect from' (whence
F. esquiver, 'to avoid, dodge'), derives fr. It. schivo, 'shy, bashful',
which is a loan word fr. WTeut. *skiu, 'shy'. skew is a doubliet of
And, while we're at it, does anyone know etymology of skivvies. The double
v is most unusual in English.
Edgar Foster wrote:
> ---"Carl W. Conrad" wrote:
> >Does anyone know the etymology of "eschew"? I
> > don't.
> according to one source I have, the etymological roots of "eschew" are
> as follows:
> "OF (Old French) eschiver, Rom. skivare, Gmc. (Germanic) skeux (w) an
> (OHG) sciuhen, G. scheuen, f. skeux (w) az. SHY."
> Now this being said, I'd like to say that I opt for a combination of
> diachrony and synchrony when I study a word. Synchrony, however, is
> the most important aspect of word study.
> E. Foster
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