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.
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.