Beyer grew up in New York City, but she may have shirked any remnants of the accent after moving to Maryland.
“He did not trust his slaves and regularly complained that they shirked work, stole supplies, and broke tools,” writes Larson.
Over the past twenty years, in short, the state of Israel has shirked its responsibilities.
I shirked duty in pursuit of a good sleep, incurring her wrath this morning.
Some cure must be taken after dinner as a rule; but in case of necessity the cure may be shirked.
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.
But he shirked conversation just as earnestly as he desired it; he feared that profound general ignorance of his might appear.
He ought to have said good night to Lady Angleford, but he shirked it.
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.