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  1. a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
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Origin of shirker

First recorded in 1790–1800; shirk + -er1
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  • Will it satisfy you if I own that I am a shirker, a skrim-shanker, and a coward?

    The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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

Word Origin and History for shirker


1799, agent noun from shirk.

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