What is shirk in Islam

Words nearby shirk

shiraz, shire, shire highlands, shire horse, shirer, shirk, shirker, shirleen, shirley, shirley poppy, shirley temple

Origin of shirk

First recorded in 1625–35; obscurely akin to shark2


un·shirked, adjectiveun·shirk·ing, adjective

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Examples from the Web for shirk

  • It is out of the question to claim a right and yet shirk the responsibility for its exercise.

    State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt|Theodore Roosevelt

  • The point is that I did give it, and I am not a man to shirk my responsibilities.

    Novel Notes|Jerome K. Jerome

  • He determined to go first to a solicitor: and launch him against his enemies, while compelled to shirk them in his own person.

    Hard Cash|Charles Reade

  • Keep a sharp eye on the men—especially on that lazy fellow who has a tendency to sleep and shirk duty.

    Under the Waves|R M Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for shirk (1 of 2)



to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade

noun Also: shirker

a person who shirks

Word Origin for shirk

C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark ²

British Dictionary definitions for shirk (2 of 2)



  1. the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
  2. any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam

Word Origin for shirk

from Arabic: association

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Words related to shirk

pussyfoot, fence, cheat, sidestep, goldbrick, elude, slip, duck, creep, quit, bypass, dodge, slink, lurk, sneak, parry, malinger, snake, shun, skulk