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"
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)k
Etymology 1First attested use in 1625 – 1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form)
avoid a duty
- blow off (US)
- one who shirks
Etymology 2(širk, "idolatry").
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