shrug

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Inflections of 'shrug' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
shrugs
v 3rd person singular
shrugging
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
shrugged
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
shrugged
v past pverb, 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. 
  1. to raise and contract (the shoulders), as a sign that one does not know or that one does not care about something: [+ object]He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't care.''[no object]When we asked him where the dog was, he just shrugged.
  2. shrug off: 
    • to treat (something) as unimportant;
      minimize: [+ off + object]to shrug off an insult.[+ object + off]to shrug it off.
    • to rid oneself of: [+ off + object]to shrug off the effects of a drug.[+ object + off]to shrug them off.

n. [countable]
  1. 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. 
  1. to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc.

v.i. 
  1. to raise and contract the shoulders.
  2. shrug off: 
    • to disregard;
      minimize:to shrug off an insult.
    • to rid oneself of:to shrug off the effects of a drug.

n. 
  1. the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
  2. 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)
  1. to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc
n
  1. the gesture so made
Etymology: 14th Century: of uncertain origin
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