Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Shrug were a three-piece alternative rock band from Northern Ireland formed by students Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Michael Morrison in September 1994 while in their first year at the University of Dundee.
A shrug is a gesture that indicates either indifference or lack of knowledge.
"Shrug" can also refer to:
- Shoulder shrug, a weight training exercise
- Shrug (band), a band that later became Snow Patrol
- Shrug (clothing), an article of clothing
- "Shrug", a verb the means to cast off, as found in the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged
A shrug is a gesture that is performed by lifting both shoulders up, and is a representation of an individual either not knowing an answer to a question, or not caring about a result. It is an emblem, meaning that it integrates the vocabulary of only certain cultures and may be used in place of words. It can also be used when someone is simply ignoring the person's question. It may be accentuated with raised eyebrows, a turned-down mouth and/or an exaggerated frown, and can be accompanied by raised palms. It is very common in Western culture, rather than saying "I don't know", they would simply perform a shrug. In the English-speaking world it may be accompanied by a three-syllable grunt or hummed mumble mimicking the intonation of "I dunno".
A specific rendezvous of chronic shoulder shrugs, also misconceived, are the symptomatic tics of Tourette syndrome. Shrugging by coping with indifference and indecision, psychotherapeutic or psychoanalytic the effectuated unconditional aspect can indicate anxiety and numerous psychological disorders: a solute example is schizoid personality disorder.
The shrug gesture is a Unicode emoji included as . The shrug emoticon is also typed as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
A shrug is a cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted, usually for women. Generally, a shrug covers less of the body than a vest would, but it is more tailored than a shawl. Shrugs are typically worn as the outermost layer of an outfit, with a full shirt, tank top, or dress beneath.
A shrug covers a small portion of the upper body. Some shrugs are tied together just below the bustline. Another style is cut off at the sides and thus little more than a pair of sleeves joined at the back.
A bolero jacket or bolero (pronounced /bollero/) is a more formal garment of similar construction but made of stiffer fabric, essentially a short tailored jacket, inspired by the matador's chaquetilla. Like the shrug, the sides of the bolero only meet at one point.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
shrug \shrug\, n. A gesture consisting of drawing up the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing doubt, indifference, or dislike; -- it is sometimes accompanied by a slight turning of the hands outward or upward. Such a gesture may be made, as in answering "who knows" to a question, suggesting utter ignorance of an answer and a disinclination to pursue the topic further.
On Sept. 23, in a major speech in New York, the
chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commision,
Arthur Levitt asked the Big Board to spike the rule
[Rule 390] in the interest of free and unfettered
markets. . . . Mr. Grasso responded with a shrug,
saying that he had no plans to kill the rule.
--Gretchen Morgenson (N. Y. Times Nov. 28, 1999 sect. 3 p. 1.
The Spaniards talk in dialogues
Of heads and shoulders, nods and shrugs.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from 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.
n. 1 A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference. 2 A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted. vb. (context ambitransitive English) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.
Usage examples of "shrug".
Although he suspected the accusatory look resulted more from frustration than anger, when Marguerite merely shrugged and laid back against her pillow, Germaine concluded they had taxed her limited strength enough for one day.
Janaki glanced at the guns, then arched an eyebrow at the artillerist, and Mesaion shrugged.
The big, fair-haired foot baller smiled across at Sarah apologetically, then shrugged his wide shoulders.
De Batz, with a gesture of contempt indicative also of complete self-satisfaction and unalterable self-belief, shrugged his broad shoulders.
Whereupon Heeber whipped off his apron, shrugged his meat-cleaver shoulders into a tweed coat, jumped up in the air and slid down inside his raincoat, slung on his beardy cap, and thrust us at the door.
The girl gave him a helpless, half-amused shrug of her eyebrows, and Rudy gallantly stooped to gather the bearskin in his arms.
Tommy said, casually shrugging big shoulders inside a baggy silk blouson that had gone out of fashion a couple of years previously.
So that it was with a mutual shrug for this display of personality that Brat and Bee greeted each other.
The innkeeper stared at Brett, shrugged his shoulders and spread his hands indicating that he did not understand him.
With nightfall the full weight of his responsibility fell across his back like a leaden yoke, and try as he might, Brine could not shrug it off.
But Brushy Jim was unpredictable, and he had a hair-trigger temper, so she decided that a shrug was the safest response.
She took a look inside, shook her head, and began to shrug her burka over her shoulders where she stood, keeping her back to us.
I saw the sheen of her olive skin and the curve of her breasts as she shrugged her burka over her head and shoulders.
The atrocities of biological experimentation can no more be dismissed with a shrug of incredulity than one can sneer at the agonies of Gerard or Damiens because they, too, suggest a heartlessness in the men of that time which our finer civilization can hardly conceive.
For a moment Sinon toyed with the idea of blackmail, then he laughed, shrugged, tossed an expiatory drachma into the briskly foaming wake as an offering to Poseidon.