verb (used with object), shrugged, shrugging.
to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc.
verb (used without object), shrugged, shrugging.
to raise and contract the shoulders.
the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline.
Verb phrases
shrug off,
to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug < ?; (noun) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the v.

unshrugging, adjective Unabridged
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shrug (ʃrʌɡ)
vb , shrugs, shrugging, shrugged
1.  to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc
2.  the gesture so made
3.  a woman's short jacket or close-fitting cardigan
[C14: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Dan. skrugge "to stoop, crouch." The noun is first recorded 1594. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.
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Example sentences
Most college students would shrug if they heard that a campus bus was on its
  way home from a field trip.
The big shrug of the comfortable ones has an interest behind it.
Once again, people have begun to shrug off their concerns and pack their bags.
And yet among the climbing cognoscenti the melee elicited little more than a
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