- 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 of shirkuncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to German schurke, scoundrel, rascal
verbshirked, shirk·ing, shirks
Origin of shirkPerhaps from German Schurke, scoundrel; akin to Old High German fiurscurgo, demon : fiur, fire + scurigen, to stir up.
(third-person singular simple present shirks, present participle shirking, simple past and past participle shirked)
- one who shirks
Arabic شرك (širk, "idolatry").