Nearby words

  1. shrub,
  2. shrub layer,
  3. shrubbery,
  4. shrubby,
  5. shrubby cinquefoil,
  6. shrug off,
  7. shrug one's shoulders,
  8. shrunk,
  9. shrunken,
  10. sht.

Origin of shrug

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug < ?; (noun) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the v.

Related formsun·shrug·ging, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for shrug

shrug

/ (ʃrʌɡ) /

verb shrugs, shrugging or shrugged

to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc

noun

the gesture so made
a woman's short jacket or close-fitting cardigan

Word Origin for shrug

C14: of uncertain origin

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