Definitions for shirkʃɜrk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to evade (work, duty, etc.).

  2. (v.i.)to evade work, duty, etc.

  3. (n.)a shirker.

Origin of shirk:

1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick(verb)

    avoid (one's assigned duties)

    "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

  2. shirk(verb)

    avoid dealing with

    "She shirks her duties"


  1. shirk(Noun)

    the unforgivable sin of idolatry

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shirk(verb)

    to procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation

  2. Shirk(verb)

    to avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty

  3. Shirk(verb)

    to live by shifts and fraud; to shark

  4. Shirk(verb)

    to evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away

  5. Shirk(noun)

    one who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor


  1. Shirk

    In Islam, shirk is the sin of idolatry or polytheism, i.e. the deification or worship of anyone or anything other than the singular God, or more literally the establishment of "partners" placed beside God. It is the vice that is opposed to the virtue of Tawheed. Within Islam, shirk is an unforgivable crime when unpardoned before death; God may forgive any sin if one dies in that state except for committing shirk. The word šhirk comes from the Arabic root Š-R-K, with the general meaning of "to share". In the context of the Qur'an, the particular sense of "sharing as an equal partner" is usually understood, so that polytheism is "attributing a partner to Allah". In the Qur'an, širk and the related word mušrikūn, "those who commit shirk and plot against Islam", often clearly refers to the enemies of Islam, but sometimes it also refers to erring Muslims.

Translations for shirk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to avoid doing, accepting responsibility for etc (something one ought to)

She shirked telling him the bad news that night.

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