- 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
- to minimize the importance of; dismiss
- to get rid of
- to wriggle out of or push off (clothing)
- 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 off
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with shrug off
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]