Definitions for: Shirk

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Shirk, n.
One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the
performance of duty or labor.

Synonyms: goldbrick, shrink from

See Also: avoid, avoid, malinger, scrimshank, skulk, slack

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