verb (shrugs, shrugging, shrugged)[with object]
- 1Raise (one’s shoulders) slightly and momentarily to express doubt, ignorance, or indifference: Jimmy looked inquiringly at Pete, who shrugged his shoulders [no object]: he just shrugged and didn’t look interestedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (shrug something off) Dismiss something as unimportant: the managing director shrugged off the criticismMore example sentences
- The fact that he wasn't shying away from the fact that I wasn't human, and was simply shrugging it off as unimportant gave me some strength.
- He shrugged them off, dismissing them as his mind playing tricks in a strange place.
- She stared at him, confused by the cold dismissal, but shrugged it off.
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- 1An act or instance of shrugging one’s shoulders: she gave him a dismissive shrugMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A woman’s close-fitting cardigan or jacket, cut short at the front and back so that only the arms and shoulders are covered.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'fidget'): of unknown origin.