- Shirk is defined as to avoid or get out of doing something that should be done.
An example of to shirk is a receptionist leaving work while a customer is left on hold.
Origin: ? akin to German schurke, scoundrel, rascal
- shirker noun
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verb shirked, shirk·ing, shirks verb, transitive
Origin: Perhaps from German Schurke, scoundrel; akin to Old High German fiurscurgo, demon : fiur, fire + scurigen, to stir up.
- shirkˈer noun