- a person who scrounges
- a person who avoids work
- a person in authority regarded as ineffectual by those working under him
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- British Termsto shirk.
- British Termsto impose on (someone).
- British Termsan easy task.
- 1915–20; false analysis of bludgeon (verb, verbal) gives phrase bludge on to impose on; back formation from bludgeon (noun, nominal) gives bludge (verb, verbal) to use a bludgeon, whence bludger bully, esp. a harlot's bully, pimp, hence shirker, whence bludge (verb, verbal) to shirk