- a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
Origin of shirker
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Examples from the Web for shirker
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
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.Marjorie Dean College Freshman
Grey Bird was not a 'shirker' at any time, but he was surpassing himself on this occasion.Settling Day
Word Origin and History for shirker
1799, agent noun from shirk.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper