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shirk

[ shurk ]
/ ʃɜrk /
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verb (used with object)
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to evade work, duty, etc.
noun
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Origin of shirk

First recorded in 1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2

OTHER WORDS FROM shirk

un·shirked, adjectiveun·shirk·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shirk (1 of 2)

shirk1
/ (ʃɜːk) /

verb
to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
noun Also: shirker
a person who shirks

Word Origin for shirk

C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark ²

British Dictionary definitions for shirk (2 of 2)

shirk2
/ (ʃɪːk) /

noun
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 for shirk

from Arabic: association
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