- to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc.
- to raise and contract the shoulders.
- the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
- a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline.
- shrug off,
- to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
- to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.
Origin of shrug
Examples from the Web for shrug
“The girls I used to race with would just pull their pants around their ankles and hang off the back,” Ralphie says with I shrug.Inside Sailing’s Biggest Race
October 11, 2014
Mason ambles through life, free to enjoy the little moments and shrug off the big ones, just like his father did before him.Black 'Boyhood' Is Always Black First, Boy Later
August 30, 2014
Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
Of course this gets at the heart of why some attacks on black Republicans inspire a shrug.The Secret War On Black Republicans
July 11, 2014
Yet, relative to the massive amount of attention, shock, and criticism, I can only muster a shrug and a plea to chill out.The Internet’s Latest Pearl-Clutching Panic Over Mamading Is Insane
July 4, 2014
He returned with a shrug of the shoulders to his table in the morning-room.Viviette
William J. Locke
The shoulders of Mr Verloc, without actually moving, suggested a shrug.The Secret Agent
"They are paying themselves for the mules and horses," said Fray Henriques with a shrug.
"That you will find out," she said, with a shrug of her shoulders.
A machine which makes a Frenchman shrug his shoulders with good reason.The Devil's Dictionary
- to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc
- the gesture so made
- a woman's short jacket or close-fitting cardigan
Word Origin and History for shrug
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.
a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).