Shrug definition

shrŭg
To draw up (the shoulders), as in expressing indifference, doubt, disdain, contempt, etc.
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An expressive gesture of raising the shoulders.
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A very short woman's jacket or sweater, having long or short sleeves and usually worn open down the front.
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To raise the shoulders, especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
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To raise (the shoulders), especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
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To shrug is defined as to raise the shoulders in an expression of doubt, rejection or indifference.

An example of to shrug is how a person would raise and lower their shoulders to express that they don't know what they want to do.

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The definition of a shrug is a women's short jacket or sweater with wide sleeves.

An example of a shrug is the sleeves that Natalie Portman's character in the movie Black Swan would wear over her leotard when dancing.

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The gesture so made.
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A woman's short jacket or sweater with wide, loose sleeves.
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A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.

He dismissed my comment with a shrug.

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A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.
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(intransitive) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.

I asked him for an answer and he just shrugged.

When he saw the problem, he just shrugged and started fixing it.

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shrug off
  • to dismiss or disregard in a carefree way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shrug
Plural:
shrugs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of shrug

  • Middle English shruggen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Unknown.

    From Wiktionary