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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shirk mean? 

SHIRK (verb)
  The verb SHIRK has 2 senses:

1. avoid (one's assigned duties)
2. avoid dealing with

  Familiarity information: SHIRK used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHIRK (verb)

Sense 1shirk [BACK TO TOP]


Avoid (one's assigned duties)

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


fiddle; shirk; shrink from; goldbrick

Context example:

The derelict soldier shirked his duties

Hypernyms (to "shirk" is one way to...):

avoid (refrain from doing something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shirk"):

scrimshank (British military language: avoid work)

malinger; skulk (avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill)

slack (avoid responsibilities and work, be idle)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2shirk [BACK TO TOP]


Avoid dealing with

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She shirks her duties

Hypernyms (to "shirk" is one way to...):

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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