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Definition of shirk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shirk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ʃɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrk//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shirk
BrE BrE//ʃɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrk//
 
he / she / it shirks
BrE BrE//ʃɜːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrks//
 
past simple shirked
BrE BrE//ʃɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrkt//
 
past participle shirked
BrE BrE//ʃɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrkt//
 
-ing form shirking
BrE BrE//ˈʃɜːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɜːrkɪŋ//
 
Lazy
 
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to avoid doing something you should do, especially because you are too lazy Discipline in the company was strict and no one shirked. shirk from something/doing something A determined burglar will not shirk from breaking a window to gain entry. shirk something/doing something She never shirked her responsibilities. See related entries: Lazy Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘practise fraud or trickery’): from obsolete shirk ‘sponger’, perhaps from German Schurke ‘scoundrel’.
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