A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
‘He dismissed my comment with a shrug.’;
To make smart.
A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.
To make smart.
(ambitransitive) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.
‘I asked him for an answer and he just shrugged.’; ‘When he saw the problem, he just shrugged and started fixing it.’;
To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
‘He shrugs his shoulders when you talk of securities.’;
To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
‘They grin, they shrug.They bow, they snarl, they snatch, they hug.’;
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.’; ‘The Spaniards talk in dialoguesOf heads and shoulders, nods and shrugs.’;
a gesture involving the shoulders
raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
A shrug is a gesture performed by raising both shoulders, and is a representation of an individual either being indifferent about something or not knowing an answer to a question. A shrug is an emblem, meaning that it integrates the vocabulary of only certain cultures and may be used in place of words.