shirk

[shurk]
verb (used without object)
  1. to evade work, duty, etc.
noun
  1. a shirker.

Origin of shirk

First recorded in 1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2
Related formsun·shirked, adjectiveun·shirk·ing, adjective

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shirk

1
verb
  1. to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
noun Also: shirker
  1. a person who shirks

Word Origin for shirk

C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark ²

shirk

2
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for shirking

shirk

v.

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.

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