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shirk 1

v. shirked, shirk·ing, shirks
To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
To avoid work or duty.

[Perhaps from German Schurke, scoundrel; akin to Old High German fiurscurgo, demon : fiur, fire + scurigen, to stir up.]

shirk′er n.

shirk 2

 (shûrk, shîrk)
n. Islam
The sin of offering worship to idols or to any being other than God.

[Arabic širk, association (of an idol) as a partner to God, sharing (of an idol) in the worship due to God alone, shirk, from šarika, to share, associate, be a partner; akin to Akkadian šarāku, to give, bestow and Ugaritic šrk, to associate with.]
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(ˈʃɜr kər)

a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shirker - a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)shirker - a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
goldbrick - a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
malingerer, shammer, skulker - someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
scrimshanker - a shirker
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[ˈʃɜːkəʳ] Ngandul(a) m/f, flojo/a m/f (LAm)
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[ˈʃɜːrr] ntire-au-flanc mf
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nDrückeberger(in) m(f)
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[ˈʃɜːkəʳ] nscansafatiche m/f inv
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(ʃəːk) verb
to avoid doing, accepting responsibility for etc (something one ought to). She shirked telling him the bad news that night.
ˈshirker noun
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References in periodicals archive ?
He further said that the good officers and personnel were proud of department whereas dishonest, shirker and dull officers and personnel have no place in the department.
Provincial health minister while stressing to take steps against duty shirker, habitual absentees and said either the employees should rectify themselves otherwise changes would be made in the rules and regulations to put them on the right path.
As with any imaginary community, the handsome, masculine 'soldier' archetype of the Great War was partially defined by its opposite: the degenerate, perhaps 'scrofular', shirker. The glorification of the former led, by direct consequence, to the condemnation of the latter; a condemnation that was tangibly expressed in the confrontation of suspected shirkers by the recruiting officer and by the overeager patriot in the streets of Canadian cities.
Muhammad Younis Khokhar, she warned that zero tolerance should be shown towards the indifferent and work shirker members of the mobile teams and ensure hundred percent vaccinations of kids below five years.
" The idea of Make in India is different for the Congress from what is being sold by the Narendra Modi government," he said while adding that for the prime minister, the Indian worker is dishonest and a shirker.
This principle falls prey to the "Shirker Problem," namely, that shirkers could evade their obligations by evading certain epistemic circumstances.
Could he therefore tell me how many jobs the shirker creates other than those paid to look after their person?
* You don't want to look weak or appear to be a shirker
Many people shunned Picasso as a shirker. His studio looked out over the Montparnasse cemetery, where only the spooky monument to Baudelaire offered him relief from the rampant nationalism of the time.
High time his grandfather, Philip, rattled this young shirker's slats.
This coalition government is up to its old tricks of demonising everybody who is out of work under one broad banner of 'shirker'.
HAFIZABAD -- Stern action would be taken should be taken against the inefficient and work shirker employees in educational institutions and hospitals, Minister of State Saira Afzal Tarar said while visiting THQ Hospital Pindi Bhattian on Tuesday.