I. verb (shrugged; shrugging) Etymology: Middle English schruggen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to raise or draw in the shoulders especially to express aloofness, indifference, or uncertainty transitive verb to lift or contract (the shoulders) especially to express aloofness, indifference, or uncertainty II. noun Date: 1594 1. an act of shrugging 2. a woman's small waist-length or shorter jacket

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  • shrug — /shrug/, v., shrugged, shrugging, n. v.t. 1. to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc. v.i. 2. to raise and contract the shoulders. 3. shrug off, a. to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult. b. to rid… …   Universalium

  • Shrug — Shrug, v. i. To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like. [1913 Webster] They grin, they shrug. They bow, they snarl, they snatch, they hug. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrug — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrug — [shrug] vt., vi. shrugged, shrugging [ME schruggen, orig., to shiver (as with cold)] to draw up (the shoulders), as in expressing indifference, doubt, disdain, contempt, etc. n. 1. the gesture so made 2. a woman s short jacket or sweater with… …   English World dictionary

  • Shrug — (shr[u^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shrugged} (shr[u^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrugging} (shr[u^]g g[i^]ng).] [Probably akin to shrink, p. p. shrunk; cf. Dan. skrugge, skrukke, to stoop, dial. Sw. skrukka, skruga, to crouch.] To draw up or contract… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrug — shrug; shrug·ging·ly; …   English syllables

  • shrug — ► VERB (shrugged, shrugging) 1) raise (one s shoulders) slightly and momentarily to express doubt, ignorance, or indifference. 2) (shrug off) dismiss as unimportant. ► NOUN 1) an act of shrugging one s shoulders. 2) a woman s …   English terms dictionary

  • shrug — off …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • shrug — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ little, slight, small ▪ simple ▪ The answer was a simple shrug. ▪ careless, indifferent …   Collocations dictionary

  • shrug — 01. The young boy [shrugged] when his teacher asked him why he hadn t done his homework. 02. When I asked him what the matter was, he just [shrugged] and looked away. 03. The little girl [shrugged] her shoulders when her mother asked her if… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • shrug — shrug1 W3 [ʃrʌg] v past tense and past participle shrugged present participle shrugging [I and T] to raise and then lower your shoulders in order to show that you do not know something or do not care about something ▪ I just shrugged my shoulders …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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