Shirk Shirk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shirked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shirking}.] [Probably the same word as shark. See {Shark}, v. t.] 1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation. [1913 Webster]

You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . . that shirk living from others, but time from Yourselves. --Bp. Rainbow. [1913 Webster]

2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty. [1913 Webster]

The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties. --Hare. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Shirk — * Shirk , to avoid work or other responsibilities because of laziness * Shirk (Islam), in Islam, the sin of idolatry or associating beings or things with Allah * Shirk break , a synonym for coffee break …   Wikipedia

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  • shirk — [ ʃɜrk ] verb intransitive or transitive to avoid doing something difficult or avoid accepting responsibility for something: A good manager should never shirk difficult decisions. ╾ shirk|er noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Shirk — Shirk, n. One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shirk — shirk·er; shirk; …   English syllables

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  • shirk — I verb abstain, avoid, cheat, detrectare, dodge, duck, elude, escape from, evade, funk, ignore, keep away from, leave undone, malinger, neglect, quit, refuse, run from, shrink, shun, slink away, stay away, steer clear II index default, disobey,… …   Law dictionary

  • shirk — 1630s, to practice fraud or trickery, also a noun (1630s, now obs.) a disreputable parasite, perhaps from Ger. schurke scoundrel, rogue, knave, villain (see SHARK (Cf. shark)). Sense of evade one s work or duty first recorded 1785, originally in… …   Etymology dictionary

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