- 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 shirked
“He did not trust his slaves and regularly complained that they shirked work, stole supplies, and broke tools,” writes Larson.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
I shirked duty in pursuit of a good sleep, incurring her wrath this morning.Is Sleeping Apart Good for Your Relationship?
August 20, 2014
Beyer grew up in New York City, but she may have shirked any remnants of the accent after moving to Maryland.It’s Trans vs. Gay in This Maryland Election
June 24, 2014
Over the past twenty years, in short, the state of Israel has shirked its responsibilities.Seeing It For Myself: Injustice In The South Hebron Hills
July 2, 2013
And, besides, he felt like a coward who had shirked his duty.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
It was telling the duke that he shirked danger as plain as ever I have heard a man told.The Prisoner of Zenda
But these he shirked where possible, as he had shirked his lessons in earlier days.The Strolling Saint
It should not be said that the son of David Allison flinched or shirked a duty!Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
John Ellwell shirked then; it was not much to do to go to the front.The Man Who Wins
- 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 shirked
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.