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shrug

verb \ ˈshrəg , especially Southern ˈsrəg \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of shrug

shrugged; shrugging
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

Examples of shrug in a Sentence

  1. I asked if he wanted to go out to dinner, and he just shrugged.

  2. He just shrugged his shoulders.

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Origin and Etymology of shrug

Middle English schruggen


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shrug

noun

Definition of shrug

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

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First Known Use of shrug

1594


SHRUG Defined for English Language Learners

shrug

verb

Definition of shrug for English Language Learners

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


SHRUG Defined for Kids

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shrug

verb \ ˈshrəg \

Definition of shrug for Students

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

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shrug

noun

Definition of shrug for Students

: an act of raising and lowering the shoulders


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