Shirk to Shoe
(Shirk) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shirked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shirking.] [Probably the same word as
shark. See Shark, v. t.]
1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . . that shirk living from others, but time from Yourselves.Bp. Rainbow.
2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty.
The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties.Hare.
(Shirk), v. i.
1. To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
2. To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
One of the cities shirked from the league.Byron.
(Shirk), n. One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor.
(Shirk"er) n. One who shirks. Macaulay.
(Shirk"y) a. Disposed to shirk. [Colloq.]
(Shirl) a. Shrill. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Shirl), n. (Min.) See Schorl.
(Shir"ley) n. (Zoöl.) The bullfinch.
(Shirr) n. (Sewing) A series of close parallel runnings which are drawn up so as to make the
material between them set full by gatherings; called also shirring, and gauging.
1. (Sewing) Made or gathered into a shirr; as, a shirred bonnet.
2. (Cookery) Broken into an earthen dish and baked over the fire; said of eggs.
(Shirt) n. [OE. schirte, sherte, schurte; akin to Icel. skyrta, Dan. skiorte, Sw. skjorta, Dan.
skiört a petticoat, D. schort a petticoat, an argon, G. schurz, schürze, an argon; all probably from the root
of E. short, as being originally a short garment. See Short, and cf. Skirt.] A loose under-garment
for the upper part of the body, made of cotton, linen, or other material; formerly used of the under-
garment of either sex, now commonly restricted to that worn by men and boys.
Several persons in December had nothing over their shoulders but their shirts.Addison.
She had her shirts and girdles of hair.Bp. Fisher.
(Shirt), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Shirted; p. pr. & vb. n. Shirting.] To cover or clothe with a
shirt, or as with a shirt. Dryden.
(Shirt"ing), n. Cloth, specifically cotton cloth, suitable for making shirts.
(Shirt"less), a. Not having or wearing a shirt. Pope.