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.

Origin and Etymology of shirk

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1681


SHIRK Defined for English Language Learners

shirk

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verb \ˈshərk\

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

shirking

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



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