Definition of Shirking

1. Noun. The evasion of work or duty.

Exact synonyms: Goldbricking, Goofing Off, Slacking, Soldiering
Generic synonyms: Dodging, Escape, Evasion
Derivative terms: Goldbrick, Shirk, Slack, Slack



Definition of Shirking

1. Verb. (present participle of shirk) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shirking

1. shirk [v] - See also: shirk

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shirking

shiralees
shiranui-gata
shire
shire horse
shire horses
shire town
shired
shireman
shiremen
shires
shiring
shirk
shirked
shirker
shirkers
shirking (current term)
shirks
shirky
shirl
shirley
shirokshinite
shirozulite
shirr
shirra
shirras
shirred
shirred egg
shirring
shirrings
shirrs

Literary usage of Shirking

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Shadow Line: A Confession by Joseph Conrad (1917)
"I am shirking it. I am no good." At that moment, or, perhaps, the moment after, I became aware of Ransome standing in the cabin. Something in his expression ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Having set his mind upon shirking all work, he announces his intention to fahe the doctor and "work" the parson.— Evening News. To continue, go on. ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"... and prevent the boys from shirking out. It is also the official title for the Second Master. 1878. ..."

4. Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects: A Series of Popular Lectures by Josiah Gilbert Holland (1866)
"Indeed, I believe that the habit of shirking the work of thorough preparation for the business of life is well-nigh universal in the country. ..."

5. Government by All the People: The Initiative, the Referendum, and the Recall by Delos Franklin Wilcox (1912)
"... IT WOULD AFFORD THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AN EXCUSE FOR shirking RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATIVE bodies are admittedly subject to powerful temptations. ..."

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