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



    BrE BrE//ʃrʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌɡ//
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  1. 1[usually singular] an act of raising your shoulders and then dropping them to show that you do not know or care about something Andy gave a shrug. ‘It doesn't matter.’
  2. 2[countable] a very short knitted piece of clothing that is open at the front and usually has sleeves made from the same piece as the back and front The shrug offers a fashionable layer of extra warmth. You can wear a shrug to keep your shoulders warm. a shrug cardigan
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘fidget’): of unknown origin. Phrasal Verbsshrug something offshrug somebody off
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