- 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 shirking
What are some of the responsibilities that maybe Google or Facebook or companies such as this have been shirking?The Internet Won’t Save Us: Evgeny Morozov’s Stand Against Technology Solutionism
March 5, 2013
The biggest pre-election issue, Haredi sponging and shirking of military service, was captured by Yair Lapid.What Went Wrong For Netanyahu
January 21, 2013
"Netanyahu is scared, fickle and shirking responsibility," Diskin says in the interview.A Brutal Leak from Israeli Security
January 4, 2013
It seems others have to pick up the slack you create in shirking existing obligations.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
So you think, among other bad qualities, I have the habit of shirking work?In the Midst of Alarms
The Reverend Cecil had not the habit of shirking any duty because he happened to dislike it.The Incomplete Amorist
I knew that before long she'd notice I was shirking the face.The Greater Inclination
It is the shirking of these life-facts that has resulted so often in error.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
It would only have looked as though I were shirking a most important duty.The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army
- 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 shirking
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.