shrug

verb
\ ˈshrəg How to pronounce shrug (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrəg\
shrugged; shrugging

Definition of shrug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shrug

noun

Definition of shrug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of shrugging
2 : a woman's small waist-length or shorter jacket

Examples of shrug in a Sentence

Verb

I asked if he wanted to go out to dinner, and he just shrugged. He just shrugged his shoulders.

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The Supreme Court may well look at that distinction, shrug its shoulders, and proceed immediately to upholding UBCs. David French, National Review, "Universal Background Checks Are Constitutionally Suspect," 12 Aug. 2019 That may help explain why Silicon Valley donors have shrugged it off. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 But despite the warning signs — which have caught the attention of Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell and the Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — many economists and manufacturing experts are shrugging this off. Heather Long, The Denver Post, "U.S. manufacturing is in a “technical recession.” How worried should we be?," 25 July 2019 But despite the warning signs — which have caught the attention of Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell and the Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — many economists and manufacturing experts are shrugging this off. Washington Post, "U.S. manufacturing is in a ‘technical recession.’ How worried should we be?," 25 July 2019 The abbot flicked his fingers in the air and shrugged. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘Our Duty to Fight’: The Rise of Militant Buddhism," 8 July 2019 Since entering the primary, in April, Biden has said a number of things that provoked outrage in progressive circles and shrugs from more moderate Democratic voters. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate 2019: Joe Biden’s Faltering Performance Raises Big Doubts About His Campaign," 28 June 2019 But when the vocalist shrugged in response, Simon began to get annoyed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are Super Upset With Judge Simon Cowell After His Tense Stand-Off With Lamont Landers," 26 June 2019 This dissolves that goo, loosening the husks, which will shrug right off. James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The collective reaction, according to dozens of Cubans, appears to have been a shrug. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Return to Cuba: Everything and nothing has changed," 11 July 2019 Whatever the reason, many fans met the movies’ reduced presence with a shrug. Los Angeles Times, "At Comic-Con 2019, Marvel — not movies — is the main attraction," 21 July 2019 The opportunity to write about Stonewall provokes in me mainly a big ehh and a shrug. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 Once again, the woman offers up her pain—as testimony; as evidence; as fodder for change—and, once again, that pain is met with a shrug. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Cruel Paradox at the Heart of E. Jean Carroll’s Allegation Against Trump," 24 June 2019 By the end of the exchange, Zuckerberg had done something that has become increasingly rare in the tech industry the past few years: defend free speech with a hammer not a shrug. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False," 26 June 2019 Many migration experts, shelter operators and migrants themselves — who have seen such campaigns come and go through the past four decades — view this one with a knowing shrug. Dudley Althaus, ExpressNews.com, "Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?," 23 June 2019 So far, critics are unimpressed with what is being called an unnecessary shrug of a film. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘Men in Black: International’ vs. ‘Shaft’ vs. ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 14 June 2019 LaPolt said with a shrug, noting the glass ceiling would not apply to her. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Dina LaPolt Tackles Spotify, Songwriter Rights and Sexism In Spirited Midem Talk," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of shrug

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shrug

Verb

Middle English schruggen

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shrug

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shrug

: to raise and lower your shoulders usually to show that you do not know or care about something

shrug

verb
\ ˈshrəg How to pronounce shrug (audio) \
shrugged; shrugging

Kids Definition of shrug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to raise and lower the shoulders usually to express doubt, uncertainty, or lack of interest

shrug

noun

Kids Definition of shrug (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of raising and lowering the shoulders

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