- 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
Related Words for shruggedhurtle, fling, bump, flop, jolt, bounce, snatch, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, lug, thrust, tug, twitch, wring, yank, flick, pull, quiver, whisk
Examples from the Web for shrugged
Contemporary Examples of shrugged
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
January 3, 2015
To this, Clinton, seated on stage, merely turned up her palms and shrugged.If Clinton Runs for President, Cuomo’s on Board
October 23, 2014
Managers of the “Rich Kids of Tehran” account have shrugged off such accusations anyway.The Blinged-Up Rich Kids of Tehran on Instagram
October 7, 2014
Whatever the truth, Miller hardly seems to have shrugged it off when the partner married a paralegal who worked in their office.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
Noah Pollak, the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, shrugged off the issue.Klutzy Conservative Jewish Outreach at the Values Voter Summit
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of shrugged
Then he shrugged his shoulders and went slowly up the ladder.Way of the Lawless
He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She shrugged her shoulders with a petulant pessimism her youth made amusing.Quaint Courtships
Hubertine shrugged her shoulders, and concluded the best thing for her to do was to tease her.The Dream
Then he shrugged his shoulders, and pinched his brother's ear.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- 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 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.).