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 Old High German fiurscurgo demon fiur fire scurigen to stir up
Origin of shirkArabic širk association (of an idol) as a partner to God, sharing (of an idol) in the worship due to God alone, shirk from šarika to share, associate, be a partner Akkadian šarāku to give, bestow Ugaritic šrk to associate with
(third-person singular simple present shirks, present participle shirking, simple past and past participle shirked)
- one who shirks
Arabic Ø´Ø±Ùƒ (Å¡irk, "idolatry").