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
She thanked me for my concern but ultimately shrugged me off.
The government shrugged this off, but the public's discontent is clear.
The third friend shrugged as he revealed the headphones he had sneaked in.
He waved a swollen arm, wrapped in a torn shirt, and appeared to be in high
  spirits as he shrugged off the crashes.
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