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[shur-ker] /ˈʃɜr kər/
a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
Origin of shirker
1790-1800; shirk + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Will it satisfy you if I own that I am a shirker, a skrim-shanker, and a coward?

  • Grey Bird was not a 'shirker' at any time, but he was surpassing himself on this occasion.

    Settling Day Nat Gould
  • "I'll go out to the stable with Jack," came from Spouter, who was no shirker when it came to doing his share of the work.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • There is no place for a shirker or a quitter in a real Unitarian church.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
  • Of course every shirker, every coward and slacker in the country decided at once to be a conscientious objector.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • Just as 'patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,' so fatalism is the last refuge of a shirker.

    The Human Machine E. Arnold Bennett
  • All unknowingly he made me realize that I had been a bit of a coward and a shirker.

  • It would have been a condemnation of you if any one of us had been a shirker.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • It was a time which put men upon their mettle, and in which no shirker or weakling could hope to have a place of responsibility.

    Famous Indian Chiefs Charles H. L. Johnston
  • I am a shirker, a man who would be drummed out of any regiment.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
Word Origin and History for shirker

1799, agent noun from shirk.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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