shirk

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verb \ˈshərk\

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.

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Origin and Etymology of shirk

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SHIRK Defined for English Language Learners

shirk

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Definition of shirk for English Language Learners

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


SHIRK Defined for Kids

shirk

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verb \ˈshərk\

Definition of shirk for Students

shirked

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shirking

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



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