What does shrug mean?

Definitions for shrug
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrug(verb)

    a gesture involving the shoulders

  2. shrug(verb)

    raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation

GCIDE

  1. shrug(n.)

    A gesture consisting of drawing up the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing doubt, indifference, or dislike; -- it is sometimes accompanied by a slight turning of the hands outward or upward. Such a gesture may be made, as in answering "who knows" to a question, suggesting utter ignorance of an answer and a disinclination to pursue the topic further.

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [Probably akin to shrink, p. p. shrunk; cf. Dan. skrugge, skrukke, to stoop, dial. Sw. skrukka, skruga, to crouch.]

  2. Shrug(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Probably akin to shrink, p. p. shrunk; cf. Dan. skrugge, skrukke, to stoop, dial. Sw. skrukka, skruga, to crouch.]

  3. Shrug(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Probably akin to shrink, p. p. shrunk; cf. Dan. skrugge, skrukke, to stoop, dial. Sw. skrukka, skruga, to crouch.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrug

    shrug, v.t. to draw up: to contract.—v.i. to draw up the shoulders, expressive of doubt, surprise, indifference, &c.:—pr.p. shrug′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. shrugged.—n. an expressive drawing up of the shoulders. [Scand., Dan. skrugge, to stoop.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shrug' in Verbs Frequency: #591

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrug in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrug in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shrug in a Sentence

  1. Sterne:

    How frequently are the honesty and integrity of a man disposed of by a smile or a shrug. How many good and generous actions have been sunk into oblivion by a distrustful look, or stamped with the imputation of bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper!

  2. James Comey:

    I kind of shrug and sometimes smile and laugh about it and then I have a secondary reaction, which is to be horrified at my own numb reaction, right ? we have to remind ourselves the President of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, that they should be in jail.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    I don't care how much money it is, there isn't enough money in the world to purchase back our credibility on human rights. ... Just because a country we're working with did it doesn't mean the US can just shrug its shoulders and say nothing happened here.

  4. William Copeland:

    If someone's maltreated, we tend to validate them, to tell them that it's not their fault, with bullying, it's sometimes the case that the response is a lot less supportive, more of a shrug.

  5. Colin Moore:

    It's not as if people in Hawaii have a clear idea of what Tulsi Gabbard wants, everyone greets it with the same shoulder shrug. We don't know.

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  • هز كتفيهArabic
  • encongiment d'espatllesCatalan, Valencian
  • pokrčit ramenyCzech
  • skuldertræk, trække på skuldreneDanish
  • Schulterzucken, mit den Schultern zucken, mit den Achseln zucken, AchselzuckenGerman
  • encogimiento de hombros, encogerse de hombrosSpanish
  • olankohautus, kohauttaaFinnish
  • haussement d'épaules, hausser les épaulesFrench
  • crathadh, crathScottish Gaelic
  • stringere le spalle, scrollareItalian
  • 肩を窄める, 肩を竦めるJapanese
  • schouderophalenDutch
  • wzruszyć ramionamiPolish
  • encolhida de ombros, dar de ombros, encolher os ombrosPortuguese
  • пожимание плечами, пожать плечами, пожимать плечамиRussian
  • слијегање раменима, slijeganje ramenima, slegnuti ramenima, слегнути раменимаSerbo-Croatian
  • rycka på axlarna, axelryckningSwedish

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