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Inflections of ' ' ( shrug ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) shrugs v 3rd person singular shrugging v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." shrugged v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." shrugged v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 shrug /ʃrʌg/
USA pronunciation v., shrugged, shrug•ging, n. v.
to raise and contract (the shoulders), as a sign that one does not know or that one does not care about something: He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't care.'' [~ + object ] When we asked him where the dog was, he just shrugged. [no object ]
to treat (something) as unimportant; minimize: to shrug off an insult. [~ + off + object ] to shrug it off. [~ + object + off ] to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug. [~ + off + object ] to shrug them off. [~ + object + off ] n.
[ countable ]
the movement of raising or drawing up the shoulders. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 shrug
(shrug), USA pronunciation v., shrugged, shrug•ging, n. v.t.
to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc. v.i.
to raise and contract the shoulders.
to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult. to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug. n.
the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders. a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline.
?; (noun, nominal) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the verb, verbal (verb, verbal) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
shrug / ʃrʌɡ/ vb ( ) shrugs, shrugging, shrugged to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc n the gesture so made Etymology: 14 th Century: of uncertain origin
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