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shampoo

verb sham·poo \ sham-ˈpü \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

Definition of shampoo

shampooed; shampooing; shampoos
1 archaic : massage
2 a : to wash (something, such as hair) with soap and water or with a special preparation
b : to wash the hair of

shampooer

noun

Examples of shampoo in a Sentence

  1. She shampoos her hair every morning.

  2. We need to shampoo the rug.

Recent Examples of shampoo from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of shampoo

Hindi & Urdu cā̃po, imperative of cā̃pnā to press, massage


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shampoo

noun

Definition of shampoo

plural shampoos
1 : an act or instance of shampooing
2 : a preparation used in shampooing

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First Known Use of shampoo

1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHAMPOO Defined for English Language Learners

shampoo

Definition of shampoo for English Language Learners

  • : to clean (something, such as hair, a carpet, etc.) with shampoo


shampoo

Definition of shampoo for English Language Learners

  • : a special liquid that is used for cleaning your hair

  • : a special liquid used for cleaning rugs, carpets, etc.

  • : an act of cleaning hair, a carpet, etc., with shampoo


SHAMPOO Defined for Kids

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shampoo

noun sham·poo \ sham-ˈpü \

Definition of shampoo for Students

plural shampoos
1 : a cleaner made for washing the hair
2 : an act of washing the hair

History for shampoo

Vigorous hair-washing was not something people engaged in too frequently 150 or so years ago, at least in America and Britain, so it is not too surprising that the word shampoo in its current meaning is only about that old. The earlier meaning of shampoo was “massage.” The word (as well as the practice of massaging) became familiar to English people when they traveled to India in the 1600s and 1700s. Shampoo is probably borrowed from a word in Hindi, a major language of India: cāmpō, the command form of cāmpnā, “to press, squeeze.”


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shampoo

verb sham·poo

Definition of shampoo for Students

shampooed; shampooing
: to wash the hair and scalp


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