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shirk

[shurk] /ʃɜrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
verb (used without object)
2.
to evade work, duty, etc.
noun
3.
a shirker.
Origin of shirk
1625-1635
1625-35; obscurely akin to shark2
Related forms
unshirked, adjective
unshirking, adjective
Synonyms
1. shun, avoid, dodge.
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  • The difficulties in the way of investigating the laws which govern heredity have as usual led to shirking the issue altogether.

  • However disagreeable my duty may be, it is my duty; and there is no shirking it.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • This result comes only to those who carry out all the directions with genuine alacrity—not shirking one of them.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • "That's only Uncle Dan's way of shirking his responsibilities," Pauline explained.

    A Venetian June Anna Fuller
  • It seems like shirking, remonstrated Drayton, his restored manliness eager to begin an expiation.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • He began to feel that after all he might be shirking a duty he ought to undertake.

    The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for shirking

shirk1

/ʃɜːk/
verb
1.
to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
noun
2.
a person who shirks
Word Origin
C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark²

shirk2

/ʃɪːk/
noun
1.
(Islam)
  1. the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
  2. any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
Word Origin
from Arabic: association
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Word Origin and History for shirking

shirk

v.

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.

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