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shirk

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verb \ˈshərk\

Simple Definition of shirk

  • : to avoid doing something that you are supposed to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shirk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go stealthily :  sneak

  3. 2 :  to evade the performance of an obligation

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  avoid, evade <shirk one's duty>

shirker noun

Examples of shirk in a sentence

  1. He's too conscientious to shirk his duty.

  2. He never shirked from doing his duty.

  3. They did their duty without shirking or complaining.



Origin of shirk

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1681

Rhymes with shirk


SHIRK Defined for Kids

shirk

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verb \ˈshərk\

Definition of shirk for Students

shirkedshirking

  1. :  to avoid doing something especially because of laziness, fear, or dislike <Don't shirk your chores.>





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