American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To raise (the shoulders), especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
- v. To raise the shoulders, especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
- n. An expressive gesture of raising the shoulders.
- n. A woman's short jacket or sweater open down the front.
- shrug off To minimize the importance of: shrugged off the defeat and talked about tonight's game.
- shrug off To get rid of: shrug off a burden.
- shrug off To wriggle out of (clothing).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shrink or shiver with or as with cold; draw up the limbs in a nervous shiver.
- To raise or draw up and contract the shoulders with a sudden, nervous movement: an expression usually of doubt, indifference, discontent, dislike, contempt, etc.
- Reflexively, to draw up the shoulders of in a shrug.
- To draw up with a sudden, nervous movement; contract in a shrug.
- n. An expressive drawing up of the shoulders: a characteristic manner of expressing doubt, indifference, discontent, contempt, etc., or, rarely, relief or resignation.
- n. A hitching up of the clothes.
- n. A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
- n. A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.
- v. intransitive To raise the shoulders to express a lack of knowledge or certainty.
- v. intransitive To raise the shoulders to express a lack of concern or worry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
- v. To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
- 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.
- v. raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
- n. a gesture involving the shoulders
- Unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English shruggen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The reason we are told with a shrug is always the same: This is Serbia.”
“(Seriously, that shrug is just as tired as a group of CBS sitcom cast members dancing in an ad.)”
“I imagine you got some sympathy and a shoulder shrug from the officials, not that they were dismissing you but its pretty nervy to go complain about noise.”
“When I ask, how do you know your partner loves you, many people shrug and utter the short worded response, 'I just know'.”
“Thompson had said that the smart people just 'shrug' - unfortunately, it's not just the 'smart people' anymore, but it's the financial experts, military generals, and people in charge of the country - Democrat or Republican.”
“She spread her digits in the pattern Dawson had come to call a shrug: a futile clawing at the air.”
“The shrug was a deception, something for Rualf to reject so that a lesser request might be granted in consolation.”
“The icing on top is the leather shrug, which is on a jacket layer.”
“A shrug is another great way to cover your upper arms, or you can get a shirt with lace or chiffon sleeves.”
“Equally, genuinely turning our backs on a kind of shrug of the shoulders, 'Well, we're all going in the same direction anyway'.”
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