- 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.
shirk definition by Webster's New World
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to German schurke, scoundrel, rascal
- shirker noun
shirk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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