shrug /ˈʃrʌg, ||ˈsrʌg/
Shrug v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shrugged p. pr. & vb. n. Shrugging ] 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. --Addison.
Shrug, v. i. 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. --Swift.
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.
The Spaniards talk in dialogues
Of heads and shoulders, nods and shrugs. --Hudibras.
n : a gesture involving the shoulders
v : raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or
[also: shrugging, shrugged]