- to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
- to evade work, duty, etc.
- a shirker.
Origin of shirk
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Examples from the Web for shirk
And to shirk that part of our human responsibility is, well, a sin.A Catholic Ex-Banker on Pope Francis’s Radical Views
December 15, 2013
Should this happen it would be doubly disastrous were we to shirk the challenge now.Margaret Thatcher Sounded the Alarm on Climate Change
April 8, 2013
They abuse drinks or drugs, abuse spouses and loved ones, shirk sleep and plummet into crippling depression.War Photographer Trains Her Lens on Military Suicide at Home
September 4, 2012
“Congress must not shirk its responsibilities,” the White House said in a statement.'Do-Nothing' Congress a Target for Obama in 2012
November 12, 2011
We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.
You work till you are tired of it; then you go off and shirk, and call it studying.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
And here the demagogue arose and bade her shirk no issue, even the red flag.The Prisoner
I do not court publicity, but I cannot shirk my duty because it entails that.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Sick of life—to tell you the truth; but what would have been the good to shirk it—in—in—that way?Lord Jim
- to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
- a person who shirks
- the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
- any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
Word Origin and History for shirk
1630s, "to practice fraud or trickery," also a noun (1630s, now obsolete) "a needy, disreputable parasite" [OED], perhaps from German schurke "scoundrel, rogue, knave, villain" (see shark (n.)). Sense of "evade one's work or duty" first recorded 1785, originally in slang. Related: Shirked; shirking.