[ shur-ker ]
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  1. a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.

Origin of shirker

First recorded in 1790–1800; shirk + -er1

Words Nearby shirker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shirker in a sentence

  • Shirkers is Tan’s deeply personal documentary about this time in her life, and her relationship to her home, to cinema and to a man she trusted.

    The Best International Movies on Netflix | Chris Grasinger | June 11, 2021 | Time
  • The preacher whom they proposed to pull out of his difficulty proved that he was neither a tenderfoot nor a shirker.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
  • Then I was sorry I had said that because they utterly refused to let me help wash the dishes and I felt like an awful shirker.

  • You know I'm not much of a shirker, I haven't a lazy bone in my body where work's concerned.

    Germinie Lacerteux | Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • She was about to set Portia hastily down in her mind as on the order of a shirker.

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

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan