Definitions for shrugʃrʌg
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
shrugʃrʌg(v.; n.)shrugged, shrug•ging
(v.t.)to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing ignorance, indifference, disdain, etc.
(v.i.)to raise and contract the shoulders.
shrug off, to disregard; minimize: to rid oneself of:
to shrug off an insult.
to shrug off the effects of a drug.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
a woman's shawllike sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waist.
Origin of shrug:
1400–50; late ME schruggen to fidget, shudder
a gesture involving the shoulders
raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to move your shoulders up and down to show you do not care, do not know, etc.
Puzzled by her answer, he shrugged and frowned.; to shrug your shoulders
A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
He dismissed my comment with a shrug.
To raise the shoulders to express a lack of knowledge or certainty.
I asked him for an answer and he just shrugged.
To raise the shoulders to express a lack of concern or worry.
When he saw the problem, he just shrugged and started fixing it.
to draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like
to raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like
a drawing up of the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing dislike, dread, or doubt
A shrug is a gesture that is performed by lifting both shoulders up, and is an indication of an individual either not knowing an answer to a question, or not caring about a result. It can also be used when someone is simply ignoring the person's question. It may be accentuated with raised eyebrows and/or an exaggerated frown. It is very common in Western culture, rather than saying "I don't know", they would simply perform a shrug. In the English-speaking world it may be accompanied by a three syllable grunt or hummed mumble mimicking the intonation of "I dunno". The shrug is relatively absent from Eastern culture. The gesture may be accompanied by raised palms.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'shrug' in Verbs Frequency: #591
Translations for shrug
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an act of shrugging
She gave a shrug of disbelief.
- هَزُ الكَتِفَيْنArabic
- свиване на раменеBulgarian
- um dar de ombrosPortuguese (BR)
- pokrčení ramenCzech
- das AchselzuckenGerman
- σήκωμα των ώμων ως ένδειξη άγνοιας, αδιαφορίας κτλ.Greek
- encogimiento de hombrosSpanish
- بي اعتناييFarsi
- haussement d'épaulesFrench
- מְשִיכַת כְּתֵפַיִיםHebrew
- कधा उचकाने या झाड़ने की क्रियाHindi
- slijeganje ramenimaCroatian
- pengangkatan bahuIndonesian
- alzata di spalleItalian
- 어깨를 으쓱하기Korean
- gūžtelėjimas (pečiais)Lithuanian
- plecu paraustīšanaLatvian
- mengangkat bahuMalay
- wzruszenie ramionamiPolish
- بي اعتناييPersian
- بدګماني، شك: بې اهمېته بلنه، دواږو جټكهPashto
- um encolher de ombrosPortuguese
- ridicare din umeriRomanian
- пожимание плечамиRussian
- pokrčenie ramienSlovak
- sleganje ramenimaSerbian
- omuz silkmeTurkish
- 聳肩Chinese (Trad.)
- знизування плечимаUkrainian
- کندھے اچکا کر بے پروائي ظاہر کرنے کا عملUrdu
- cái nhún vaiVietnamese
- 耸肩Chinese (Simp.)
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