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shirk

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Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting—or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

First attested use in 1625 – 1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form)

Verb

Infinitive
to shirk

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to shirk (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
    to shirk a duty
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Verb

Infinitive
to shirk

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to shirk (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) One who survives in somewhat difficult situations.
    the sheep had to 'shirk' for themselves during the night while the shepherd slept.
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Noun

Singular
shirk

Plural
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shirk ({{{1}}})
  1. one who shirks

Etymology 2

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Arabic شرك (širk, "idolatry").

Noun

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shirk

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  1. (Islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry

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