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.
Origin of shrug
British Dictionary definitions for shrug off (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for shrug off (2 of 2)
verb shrugs, shrugging or shrugged
Word Origin for shrug
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]