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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.]


(ˈʃɜr kər)

a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc.
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
من يَتَهَرَّب من واجِبِه
e-r sem vanrækir skyldu sína
kaytaran kimse


[ˈʃɜːkəʳ] Ngandul(a) m/f, flojo/a m/f (LAm)


[ˈʃɜːrr] ntire-au-flanc mf


nDrückeberger(in) m(f)


[ˈʃɜːkəʳ] nscansafatiche m/f inv


(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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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
I am no shirker but I think I am doing my duty in trying to keep her from the clutches of the poor house.
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.
IT is astonishing to note that some viewers are taken in by contrived programmes on TV, typified a few months ago by the BBC's Nick and Margaret: We Pay Your Benefits (which was designed to achieve nothing other than perpetuate the striver versus shirker myth).
As an aside on Osborne's failure to crack down on the domicile rule, the Chancellor himself has been named top "Jammie Dodger" as the UK's worst tax shirker - winning more than a third of the votes in a recent online poll.
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Some may indeed fit the stereotype of the shirker who doesn't want to work, but others may have found there were simply no jobs available.