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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Contemporary Examples of shrugged

Historical Examples of shrugged

  • Then he shrugged his shoulders and went slowly up the ladder.

  • He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.

  • She shrugged her shoulders with a petulant pessimism her youth made amusing.

  • Hubertine shrugged her shoulders, and concluded the best thing for her to do was to tease her.

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  • Lauriston snapped his fingers and shrugged his shoulders in contempt of duty.


British Dictionary definitions for shrugged

shrug

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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Word Origin and History for shrugged

shrug

v.

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.

shrug

n.

a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).

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