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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
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."