- 1Avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility): their sole motive is to shirk responsibility and rip off the companyMore example sentences
- She suffers, true; she complains, also true; but she has not shirked her duty, nor shied away from pain.
- Insightful without being pedantic, learned but not overbearing, the book is full of humorous anecdotes while never shirking the factual responsibility of the historian.
- ‘It is a matter of law and not of fact,’ she said, adding that in her opinion, to decline to hear the matter would be shirking her responsibility as a judge.
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- A person who shirks.More example sentences
- His status as a shirk would normally render him somewhat of a pariah.
- The boy was a shirk, anyway, so he wouldn't really be missed.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'practice fraud or trickery'): from obsolete shirk 'sponger', perhaps from German Schurke 'scoundrel'.