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
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.
Mason ambles through life, free to enjoy the little moments and shrug off the big ones, just like his father did before him.
Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”
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|Emily Shire|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the men from the Southern Hemisphere have the strength to shrug off that loss.Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s Notorious Soccer Vampire, Strikes Again—Biting Italian in World Cup Win|Tunku Varadarajan|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With a shrug of his shoulders, sop resumed his studies, finding Aretino more diverting than such nonsense.The Duke's Motto|Justin Huntly McCarthy
In that case,” said the count with a shrug of his shoulders, “you must be right.The Boy Allies with the Cossacks|Clair W. Hayes
Pinney relaxed his gaze with a shrug, and produced the paper.The Quality of Mercy|W. D. Howells
Well,” said Scales, with a shrug of the shoulders, “you are master here.The Rosery Folk|George Manville Fenn
He held his head defiantly erect, and he gave scorn for scorn and shrug for shrug.Sea-Dogs All!|Tom Bevan
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.).