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Etymology 1Edit

First attested use in 1625–1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form), or from German Schurke (rogue, knave)[1].

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shirk (third-person singular simple present shirks, present participle shirking, simple past and past participle shirked)

  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
    • Hare
      the usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties
  2. (intransitive) 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.
  3. (transitive) 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.
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shirk (plural shirks)

  1. one who shirks

Etymology 2Edit

 
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Borrowed from Arabic شِرْك(širk).

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shirk (uncountable)

  1. (Islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry
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  1. ^ shirk” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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