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. It can also be used when simply ignoring a question. It may be accentuated with raised eyebrows, a turned-down mouth, an exaggerated frown, and raised palms. It is very common in Western culture—rather than saying "I don't know", one may 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 don't know" (low-high-low).Shoulder shrugs are among the symptomatic tics of Tourette syndrome.
A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
"He dismissed my comment with a shrug."
A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.
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 make smart.
To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like.
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.
To make smart.
a gesture involving the shoulders
raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation