What does shirk mean?

Definitions for shirkʃɜrk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shirk.

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

  6. Origin: [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shirk

    shėrk, v.t. to avoid, get off or slink away from.—n. Shir′ker.—adj. Shir′ky. [A form of shark.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirk in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rahm Emanuel:

    I'm responsible. I don't shirk that responsibility.

  2. Nadiya Savchenko:

    One gets the impression that lawmakers are like lazy schoolchildren who shirk their work.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    What I appreciate about Bernie is he's not trying to shirk from it, it's what he believes in. He's honest about it.

  4. Scott Swift:

    Put simply, we will continue to exercise freedom of the seas for all nations, because we know from painful past experience, to shirk this responsibility and obligation, puts much more at risk than any one nation's maritime interests.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    These efforts to shirk U.S. tax obligations leave American taxpayers holding the bag while corporations juice more revenues and profits , i have a detailed and targeted plan to immediately put a stop to inversions and invest in the U.S., block deals like Johnson Controls and Tyco, and place an 'exit tax' on corporations that leave the country to lower their tax bill.

Images & Illustrations of shirk

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Translations for shirk

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • drückenGerman
  • evadir, correrSpanish
  • pinnataFinnish
  • éviter, esquirer, esquiverFrench
  • koma sér undanIcelandic
  • scansare, sottrarsi, dare bucaItalian
  • თავს არიდებსGeorgian
  • zich drukken, zijn plicht ontlopenDutch
  • бездельничать, лодырничать, увиливать, уклоняться, сачковатьRussian
  • smita från, undvikaSwedish

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