Dictionary adjective *skeu- scheu schüchtern verschüchtert

verschüchtert

(adjective)

Meanings

1.
intimidated, timid
(Less the result of a direct attempt as is "eingeschüchtert". The verb "verschüchtern" isn't really in use any more.)
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Vocab:

scheu, schüchtern, einschüchtern, scheuen, scheuchen, abscheulich, verabscheuen


Word Family

Root: *skeu-

The core idea of this root was:

shoving, pushing

It’s the origin of shove and shuffle (which was a “quick, repeated shoving”) and also shy, which is based on a sense of “being scared/pushed away”.

According to the German etymological source that I am using (dwds.de), the words to shoot and schießen also belong to this family, which would make sense, as they are in a way a very quick shoving.
Don’t think of a gun – think of an old hunter gatherer propelling a spear.
By the same token, to scoot would then also be related.

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