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shirk | shirky |

As a verb shirk

is to avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc; to stay away from.

As a noun shirk

is one who shirks or shirk can be (islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry.

As an adjective shirky is

(colloquial) disposed to shirk.



Etymology 1

First attested use in 1625 – 1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form), or from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
  • * Hare
  • the usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties
  • To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
  • If you have a job, don't shirk from it by staying off work.
  • * Byron
  • One of the cities shirked from the league.
  • To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
  • * Bishop Rainbow
  • You that never heard the call of any vocation, that shirk living from others, but time from yourselves.
    * blow off (US) * goldbrick (dated)
    See also
    * malinger


    (en noun)
  • one who shirks
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) (širk , "idolatry").


    (en noun)
  • (Islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry
  • References

    English heteronyms




    (en adjective)
  • (colloquial) Disposed to shirk.
  • (Webster 1913)