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shirk

[shurk] /ʃɜrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
verb (used without object)
2.
to evade work, duty, etc.
noun
3.
a shirker.
Origin of shirk
1625-1635
1625-35; obscurely akin to shark2
Related forms
unshirked, adjective
unshirking, adjective
Synonyms
1. shun, avoid, dodge.
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  • Some cure must be taken after dinner as a rule; but in case of necessity the cure may be shirked.

    Every Man his own Doctor R. T. Claridge
  • And, besides, he felt like a coward who had shirked his duty.

  • Esther felt this disagreeable duty could no longer be shirked.

  • It was telling the duke that he shirked danger as plain as ever I have heard a man told.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • But he shirked conversation just as earnestly as he desired it; he feared that profound general ignorance of his might appear.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • He ought to have said good night to Lady Angleford, but he shirked it.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for shirked

shirk1

/ʃɜːk/
verb
1.
to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
noun
2.
a person who shirks
Word Origin
C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark²

shirk2

/ʃɪːk/
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
from Arabic: association
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Word Origin and History for shirked

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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