shrug Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “shrug” in the English Dictionary

"shrug" in British English

See all translations

shrugverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ʃrʌɡ/ (-gg-)
C2 to ​raiseyourshoulders and then ​lower them in ​order to say you do not ​know or are not ​interested: "Where's Dad?" "How should I ​know?" ​replied my ​brother, shrugging. He shrugged his shoulders as if to say that there was nothing he could do about it.figurative Thousands of ​people are ​starving to ​death while the ​world shrugs ​itsshoulders (= ​shows no ​interest or ​care).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

Phrasal verbs

shrugnoun [C]

uk   us   /ʃrʌɡ/
  • shrug noun [C] (SHOULDER MOVEMENT)

the ​action of ​raising and ​loweringyourshoulders to ​express something: "I'm ​afraid there's nothing I can do about ​yourproblem," she said with a shrug. "Well, I ​guess we'll just have to do what he says," said Kim with a shrug ofresignation.
  • shrug noun [C] (CLOTHES)

a ​short cardigan for women
(Definition of shrug from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shrug" in American English

See all translations

shrugverb [I/T]

 us   /ʃrʌɡ/ (-gg-)
to ​raiseyourshoulders to ​express that you do not ​know, do not ​care, or are not ​sure about something: [I] My ​brother just shrugged in ​reply, too ​lazy to ​answer in words.
shrug
noun [C]  us   /ʃrʌɡ/
Bill’s only ​explanation was a ​careless shrug of his ​shoulders.
(Definition of shrug from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shrug?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“shrug” in American English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More