AskDefine | Define shirk

Dictionary Definition



1 avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties" [syn: fiddle, shrink from, goldbrick]
2 avoid dealing with; "She shirks her duties"

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Etymology 1

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


  1. To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
    to shirk a duty
avoid a duty


  1. one who shirks

Etymology 2

(širk, "idolatry").

Extensive Definition

  • "Shirk", to avoid work or other responsibilities because of laziness
  • Shirk (Islam), in Islam, the sin of idolatry or associating beings or things with Allah
  • "Shirk break", a synonym for coffee break

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, avoid, bilk, burke, bypass, creep, cut, dodge, dog it, double, duck, duck duty, eschew, evade, fence, get around, get out of, goldbrick, goof off, gumshoe, jump, leave, leave loose ends, leave undone, let alone, let be, let dangle, let go, lurk, malinger, miss, not pull fair, omit, parry, pass over, pass up, pretermit, procrastinate, pussyfoot, shrink from, shun, sidestep, skip, skive, skulk, slack, slide out of, slink, slip, slip out of, snake, sneak out of, soldier, steal, trifle, welsh
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