scrimshanker


Also found in: Thesaurus.

scrimshanker

or

skrimshanker

;

scrimshank

n
(Military) military slang Brit a shirker
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrimshanker - a shirker
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
shirker, slacker - a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

scrimshanker

[ˈskrɪmˌʃæŋkəʳ] N (Brit) (Mil) → rácano m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

scrimshanker

n (Brit Mil sl) → Drückeberger(in) m(f) (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
Have you ever, unwittingly, used the words omphaloskepsis and scrimshanker in the same sentence?
Some debate the origins of the word, thinking it comes from 'scrimp' meaning to save, and 'shaw' meaning to sand or saw, but the most popular acceptance is from the British slang, 'scrimshanker,' referring to one who wastes time.
Dodgy Dave, who's never had a proper job in his life, assumes that all those who failed the test are scrimshankers, and all those who pulled out were trying it on.