Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To raise (the shoulders), especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
  • intransitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
  • n. A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.
  • v. To raise the shoulders to express a lack of knowledge or certainty.
  • v. To raise the shoulders to express a lack of concern or worry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
  • intransitive 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
  • n. a gesture involving the shoulders

Etymologies

Middle English shruggen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)

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