sham·​poo | \ sham-ˈpü How to pronounce shampoo (audio) \
shampooed; shampooing; shampoos

Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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


plural shampoos

Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from shampoo


shampooer noun

Examples of shampoo in a Sentence

Verb She shampoos her hair every morning. We need to shampoo the rug.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For too long, conditioner has been to shampoo what Robin is to Batman, Ron is to Harry, George is to Jerry…that is to say, the sidekick. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 25 Nov. 2021 Renee advises that 4As wet hair every three days and apply a leave-in or refresh product, co-wash once a week maximum, and then shampoo only once a month. Noel Cody, Essence, 8 Sep. 2021 To use it, simply shampoo, towel dry and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Amber Katz, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Aug. 2021 For example, Birnbaum explained that those with curly hair might be able to get away with less frequent shampooing — once per week — while folks with finer hair may need to shampoo more often. Lauren Dana, Allure, 16 July 2021 The first step to care for hair that’s on the oilier side is to shampoo more frequently. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 17 Dec. 2020 For those ready to take on a full head of red, be sure to shampoo your hair less often, Bodt points out. Devon Abelman, Allure, 23 Apr. 2021 To remove the mask, shampoo your hair, being careful to rinse thoroughly to remove all the oil. Lauren Corona,, 11 Mar. 2021 Try to shampoo your hair less frequently and use warm water instead of hot water. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clinic Plus shampoo wants mothers to encourage their daughters to be strong. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Shampoo bars would replace liquid shampoo found in plastic bottles. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 19 May 2022 For consumers, price jumps on basic goods have been so noticeable that a Twitter account has sprung up mocking social media posts in which Russians lament price increases on everything from Palmolive shampoo to nectarines. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Another time, Sadie Bowler was looking for shampoo at a grocery store. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 For instant brightening, this purple shampoo can reduce brassiness in a single wash. ELLE, 17 May 2022 Among the bottles of perming solution and shampoo, many women get the rare opportunity to mourn, Wun said. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Take a shower and shampoo before bed to remove pollen from your hair and skin. cleveland, 12 May 2022 Scroll on for the best dry shampoo formulas for all hair types, and get ready to stretch out your wash days. Emily Rekstis, Glamour, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shampoo


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shampoo


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

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“Shampoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shampoo


sham·​poo | \ sham-ˈpü How to pronounce shampoo (audio) \
plural shampoos

Kids Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


shampooed; shampooing

Kids Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wash the hair and scalp


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