shirk

verb
\ ˈshərk How to pronounce shirk (audio) \
shirked; shirking; shirks

Definition of shirk

intransitive verb

1 : to go stealthily : sneak
2 : to evade the performance of an obligation

transitive verb

: avoid, evade shirk one's duty

Other Words from shirk

shirker noun

Examples of shirk in a Sentence

He's too conscientious to shirk his duty. He never shirked from doing his duty. They did their duty without shirking or complaining.
Recent Examples on the Web The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to shirk its obligations to provide haven to people fleeing persecution. chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to shirk its obligations to provide haven to people fleeing persecution. Time, 1 Apr. 2022 The platforms themselves often shirk responsibility after putting out PR fires. Chandra Steele, PCMAG, 28 Feb. 2022 Edelman is very good on the weirdness of whiteness as an identity that is utterly revolting when proudly claimed yet impossible to willingly shirk. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Projecting guilt is a convenient way to shirk responsibility. Nuala Walsh, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Experts have widely praised the city’s efforts for identifying realistic sites suitable for housing construction, rather than attempting to shirk that responsibility. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 The mixed message brought criticism from state officials, who called for mayors not to shirk responsibilities. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2021 The Bhutanese practice of contemplating death has grown out of a larger cultural context that does not shirk from mortality, as evidenced by the country’s elaborate funeral rites and the tradition of observing a 49-day mourning period. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shirk

1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for shirk

origin unknown

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Last Updated

16 Apr 2022

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“Shirk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirk. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shirk

shirk

verb
\ ˈshərk How to pronounce shirk (audio) \
shirked; shirking

Kids Definition of shirk

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

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