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shrug

[shruhg] /ʃrʌg/
verb (used with object), shrugged, shrugging.
1.
to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc.
verb (used without object), shrugged, shrugging.
2.
to raise and contract the shoulders.
noun
3.
the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
4.
a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline.
Verb phrases
5.
shrug off,
  1. to disregard; minimize:
    to shrug off an insult.
  2. to rid oneself of:
    to shrug off the effects of a drug.
Origin of shrug
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug < ?; (noun) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the v.
Related forms
unshrugging, adjective
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  • Then he shrugged his shoulders and went slowly up the ladder.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She shrugged her shoulders with a petulant pessimism her youth made amusing.

  • Hubertine shrugged her shoulders, and concluded the best thing for her to do was to tease her.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Lauriston snapped his fingers and shrugged his shoulders in contempt of duty.

British Dictionary definitions for shrugged

shrug

/ʃrʌɡ/
verb shrugs, shrugging, shrugged
1.
to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc
noun
2.
the gesture so made
3.
a woman's short jacket or close-fitting cardigan
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for shrugged

shrug

v.

c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Danish skrugge "to stoop, crouch." Related: Shrugged; shrugging. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.

shrug

n.

a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).

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