Definitions for shrugʃrʌg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shrugʃrʌg(v.; n.)shrugged, shrug•ging

  1. (v.t.)to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing ignorance, indifference, disdain, etc.

  2. (v.i.)to raise and contract the shoulders.

  3. 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

  4. (n.)the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.

  5. a woman's shawllike sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waist.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of shrug:

1400–50; late ME schruggen to fidget, shudder

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrug(verb)

    a gesture involving the shoulders

  2. shrug(verb)

    raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shrug(verb)ʃrʌg

    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


  1. shrug(Noun)

    A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.

    He dismissed my comment with a shrug.

  2. shrug(Verb)

    To raise the shoulders to express a lack of knowledge or certainty.

    I asked him for an answer and he just shrugged.

  3. shrug(Verb)

    To raise the shoulders to express a lack of concern or worry.

    When he saw the problem, he just shrugged and started fixing it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrug(verb)

    to draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like

  2. Shrug(verb)

    to raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like

  3. Shrug(noun)

    a drawing up of the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing dislike, dread, or doubt


  1. Shrug

    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

  1. Verbs Frequency

    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.

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