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Meaning of SHIRK

Pronunciation:  shurk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  avoid dealing with; "She shirks her duties"
  2. [v]  avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

SHIRK is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: goldbrick, shrink from
 See Also: avoid, avoid, malinger, scrimshank, skulk, slack



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shirk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shirked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Shirking}.] [Probably the same word as shark. See {Shark},
    v. t.]
    1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean
             You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . .
             that shirk living from others, but time from
             Yourselves.                           --Bp. Rainbow.
    2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying
       unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty.
             The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk
             difficulties.                         --Hare.
  2. \Shirk\, v. i.
    1. To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
    2. To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty,
       as by running away.
             One of the cities shirked from the league. --Byron.
  3. \Shirk\, n.
    One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the
    performance of duty or labor.