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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shruhg]
    • /ʃrʌg/
    • /ʃrʌɡ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shruhg]
    • /ʃrʌg/

Definitions of shrug word

  • verb with object shrug to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc. 1
  • verb without object shrug to raise and contract the shoulders. 1
  • noun shrug the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders. 1
  • noun shrug a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline. 1
  • intransitive verb shrug gesture with the shoulders 1
  • noun shrug shoulder gesture 1

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Origin of shrug

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug < ?; (noun) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Shrug


shrug popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shrug usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shrug

verb shrug

  • dancing — When people dance for enjoyment or to entertain others, you can refer to this activity as dancing.
  • jerk — to move with a quick, sharp motion; move spasmodically.

noun shrug

  • gesticulation — the act of gesticulating.
  • gesture — a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.: the gestures of an orator; a threatening gesture.
  • kinesics — the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.

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