- to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
- to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.
Origin of shrug
OTHER WORDS FROM shrugun·shrug·ging, adjective
How to use shrug in a sentence
Three months ago, the two had a baby together and the Internet mostly just shrugged.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To this, Clinton, seated on stage, merely turned up her palms and shrugged.
Managers of the “Rich Kids of Tehran” account have shrugged off such accusations anyway.
Whatever the truth, Miller hardly seems to have shrugged it off when the partner married a paralegal who worked in their office.
Noah Pollak, the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, shrugged off the issue.Klutzy Conservative Jewish Outreach at the Values Voter Summit|Ben Jacobs|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You would have shrugged your shoulders and made the best of it, realizing that no other man had put this wrong upon you.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The Frenchman shrugged his shoulders as he stepped into his perfectly-appointed but funereal-looking little brougham.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The doctor, informed of her comparative happiness, again shrugged his shoulders.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
"Works—mere works," and Miss Watling shrugged her shoulders emphatically.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Gwynne, angry and disappointed, looked after her a moment, then shrugged his shoulders and went in to his mail.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton