Meaning of shrug in English:

shrug

Pronunciation /ʃrʌɡ/

Translate shrug into Spanish

verbverb shrugs, verb shrugging, verb shrugged

[with object]
  • Raise (one's shoulders) slightly and momentarily to express doubt, ignorance, or indifference.

    ‘Jimmy looked inquiringly at Pete, who shrugged his shoulders’
    • ‘he just shrugged and didn't look interested’
    • ‘It is such a pity that their time and our taxes are being wasted on something which has the majority of our citizens shrugging their shoulder.’
    • ‘At the end they didn't actually leave the stage but just stumbled around shrugging their shoulders looking lost.’
    • ‘Instead of shrugging his shoulders, he became agitated and a sarcastic torrent of words flew out.’
    • ‘He gave her one look before shrugging his shoulders and heading out the door.’
    • ‘He answered, shrugging his shoulders and stuffing his hands into his jeans pockets.’
    • ‘Heath's eyes softened and he dropped his hands to his lap, shrugging his shoulders.’
    • ‘Carl looked at the man in the corner for a second before shrugging his shoulders and getting up and walking away in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘Try shrugging your shoulders up and down and rotating them in a circular motion.’
    • ‘She gave Pete a pointed looked before shaking her head and shrugging her shoulders.’
    • ‘Most of us have been guilty of shrugging our shoulders in the past over natural disasters in South Asia.’
    • ‘He pointed at me across the table, shrugging his head in the direction of the house.’
    • ‘In the past this kind of stunt would have been shrugged off as a tasteless example of daytime television.’
    • ‘After a few more uptempo hits Joe turned questioningly to one of his musicians, shrugging slightly.’
    • ‘She just shrugs, and the jacket begins to slide off her shoulders.’
    • ‘Guzman pauses, then shrugs her shoulders and sighs.’
    • ‘Annette did a short shrug that I'd seen her do a million times during the interview.’
    • ‘Ling shakes her head in degust at Ashley, who just shrugs.’
    • ‘Cyclist Lance Armstrong, en route to a fourth Tour de France victory, shrugs off accusations that he takes drugs’
    • ‘The financial controller of a foreign retailer shrugs his shoulders.’
    • ‘I turn a touch, stopped in my tracks, to see the bar-manager shrug his shoulder in subdued agreement.’

noun

  • 1An act or instance of shrugging one's shoulders.

    ‘she lifted her shoulders in a dismissive shrug’
    • ‘What was anticipated as a big fat Greek embrace turned instead into a casual shrug of the shoulders.’
    • ‘Any restaurant that gets a shrug of the shoulders and a hand waving in the manner of an umpire should consider it a moral victory.’
    • ‘There is no outrage, just a shrug of the shoulders.’
    • ‘All this we could handle with a mere shrug of the shoulders and a wry grin if only the sun were out and the sky was blue.’
    • ‘Victor smiles and shrugs, digs his hands into his leather pockets and trudges on across the damp sand.’
    • ‘His facial expressions, his shrugs, were professional-quality ridicule.’
    • ‘In recent years, security while backpacking has sadly become too great an issue to dismiss with a shrug.’
    • ‘While the shrug is a gesture of renunciation, it is also a performance that maintains dignity.’
    • ‘If that doesn't work, he will simply dismiss criticism with an arrogant shrug.’
    • ‘She gushed while Sol just looked at me with a bemused expression and raised one shoulder in a short shrug.’
    • ‘Greer grunted again, accompanying the sound with a short shrug and a jerk of the head.’
    • ‘Shoulder shrugs are yet another effective way to decrease stress, since most of us feel stress in our shoulders.’
    • ‘He shunted away her protests with a shrug of his shoulders.’
    • ‘Bryce hitched one shoulder in a shrug and reached for a fork.’
    • ‘I commented with a gentle shrug of the shoulders.’
    • ‘Blake moved his left shoulder in a half-hearted shrug and sat down next to her on the rock, carefully cradling his right arm.’
    • ‘He lifted a shoulder in a one-sided shrug and then lit a cigarette.’
    • ‘For the third time, I rolled my eyes adding a shrug of my shoulders.’
    • ‘You can cultivate a laconic shrug of the shoulders for use when the conversation turns to your putting, or putting in general.’
    • ‘‘You're not going to stop me,’ Tamora replied with a shrug of her shoulders.’
  • 2A woman's close-fitting cardigan or jacket, cut short at the front and back so that only the arms and shoulders are covered.

    ‘Also key is quirky detail: a velvet ribbon tied at the waist of a jacket; a fur shrug worn over a sloppy knit; a brooch or a corsage fastening a cardigan.’
    • ‘Real or faux fur, shrugs, stoles or capelets are also great alternatives.’
    • ‘Also a light brown camisole tank top, and a short white sweater shrug that had a chocolate brown colored tie in the front.’
    • ‘Julian Macdonald was master of a sophisticated show that had mink bomber jackets, leather seamed skirts and snakeskin pants worn with fox fur shrugs.’
    • ‘Try a furry shrug or caplet or anything with some feathers.’
    • ‘We suggest matching a simple camisole with a shrug.’
    • ‘Lacy airy knits will be made into mid 1960's empire cape styles as summer shrugs that do the job Pashminas once did.’
    • ‘Worn with a feather shrug you will ooze elegance and style.’
    • ‘A combination of the two, the shoulder shrug gives you the convenience of bolero sleeves and the elegance of a draped scarf.’

Phrasal Verbs

    shrug off
    • shrug something off, shrug off somethingDismiss something as unimportant.

      • ‘the managing director shrugged off the criticism’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fidget’): of unknown origin.