Etymology
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shrug (v.)

c. 1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Danish skrugge "to stoop, crouch." Related: Shrugged; shrugging. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.

shrug (n.)

a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).

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Definitions of shrug
1
shrug (v.)
raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation;
2
shrug (n.)
a gesture involving the shoulders;
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