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[shur-ker] /ˈʃɜr kər/
a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
Origin of shirker
First recorded in 1790-1800; shirk + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Will it satisfy you if I own that I am a shirker, a skrim-shanker, and a coward?

  • Nor was there a shirker among the men—and all because the leader was Forrest.

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • Insist that you are no shirker, no coward, that you are brave even to daring.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • She was about to set Portia hastily down in her mind as on the order of a shirker.

  • Grey Bird was not a 'shirker' at any time, but he was surpassing himself on this occasion.

    Settling Day Nat Gould
  • There is no place for a shirker or a quitter in a real Unitarian church.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock
  • Just as 'patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,' so fatalism is the last refuge of a shirker.

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • It would have been a condemnation of you if any one of us had been a shirker.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • I am a shirker, a man who would be drummed out of any regiment.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • The more he explained the more he would seem to them to be a shirker.

    The Tree of Heaven

    May Sinclair
Word Origin and History for shirker

1799, agent noun from shirk.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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