verb (used with object)
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to evade work, duty, etc.

1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2

unshirked, adjective
unshirking, adjective

1. shun, avoid, dodge. Unabridged
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shirk1 (ʃɜːk)
1.  to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
2.  a person who shirks
[C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark²]

shirk2 (ʃɪːk)
 a.  the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
 b.  any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
[from Arabic: association]

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Word Origin & History

1633, "to practice fraud or trickery," also a noun (1639, now obs.) "a disreputable parasite," perhaps from Ger. schurke "scoundrel, rogue, knave, villain" (see shark). Sense of "evade one's work or duty" first recorded 1785, originally in slang.
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Example sentences
For the rest, the record until recently was one of barely qualified failure-of
  opportunities missed and challenges shirked.
For many firms dividend cuts are an unpleasant task that should not be shirked.
It first depends on cost, but a cost discussion of such an operation has been
  shirked by the promoters, in and out of government.
Employers in the private and public sector often shirked their responsibility
  to finance the pension promises that they made.
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