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Friday, October 16, 2015

Definitions for shirk

  1. to evade work, duty, etc.
  2. to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
  3. a shirker.

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Citations for shirk
Mr. T said he understood his duty and said it's not his style to shirk responsibilities. , "Mr. T Pities Criminals as He Awaits Jury Duty," New York Times, August 16, 2014
Mike himself, to whom cricket was the great and serious interest in life, had shirked early-morning fielding practice in his first term at Wrykyn. P. G. Wodehouse, Mike, 1909
Origin of shirk
1625-1635
Shirk entered English in the early 1600s. It may be related to the word shark, which is a variant of the German word Schurke meaning "rascal."