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Definition of shrug verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shrug

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shrug
BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡ//
 
he / she / it shrugs
BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡz//
 
past simple shrugged
BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡd//
 
past participle shrugged
BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡd//
 
-ing form shrugging
BrE BrE//ˈʃrʌɡɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃrʌɡɪŋ//
 
 
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(shrugging, shrugged) [intransitive, transitive, no passive] to raise your shoulders and then drop them to show that you do not know or care about something Sam shrugged and said nothing. shrug something ‘I don't know,’ Anna replied, shrugging her shoulders. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘fidget’): of unknown origin.
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