verb (used with object), shrugged, shrug·ging.
verb (used without object), shrugged, shrug·ging.
- to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
- to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.
- shrub layer,
- shrubby cinquefoil,
- shrug off,
- shrug one's shoulders,
Origin of shrug
verb (tr, adverb)
verb shrugs, shrugging or shrugged
Word Origin 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.).
Minimize the importance of, as in That nasty review didn't bother him at all; he just shrugged it off. [Early 1900s]
Get rid of, as in She managed to shrug off her drowsiness and keep driving. [Mid-1900s]
Wriggle out of a garment, as in He shrugged off his coat. [First half of 1900s]