shampoo

1 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

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

shampoo

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Nonetheless, this texture helps provide an effective replenishment of moisture after shampooing. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Could going 30 days without shampooing be the secret to healthy hair? Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2023 For the first method, apply rice water to your scalp and hair and let sit for 20 minutes before shampooing well and conditioning. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2023 Rosalynn, the eldest daughter, looked after the younger children, helped with the sewing and earned spending money by shampooing hair in a beauty parlor. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 If your hair is dry, coarse, and/or textured, however, shampooing that often could dry it out, and double cleansing isn't always advised. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 Step 5: Lastly, the hair is shampooed, conditioned, and styled. Annie Blay, Allure, 22 Sep. 2023 Made from soft silicone, this massager provides a deep clean while shampooing. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 This in-shower mask can be applied every few days after shampooing. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023
Noun
Haircare - with all the shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrubs and hair oils - is a $13.4-billion industry in the United States alone. Adrienne Gibbs, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Once water is applied, the hydrating shampoo is next and this stuff lathers. Jessica Cruel, Allure, 20 Feb. 2024 The shampoo creates a good lather and washes out well. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 The shampoo feels like top level shampoo and the price reflects that. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Fans are encouraged to bring in shampoo, conditioner and deodorant to donate to Giving the Basics at each January home game. Zach Welch, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Bar Shampoo and Conditioner The best ingredients of your shampoo and conditioner—minus the water. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 Opt for shampoos that support hair repair, like Redken’s Extreme Reconstruction Shampoo and Conditioner. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2024 Just like human shampoos, dog shampoo formulas target specific concerns to ensure shiny hair and healthy skin. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shampoo was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Shampoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shampoo. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

shampoo

1 of 2 verb
sham·​poo sham-ˈpü How to pronounce shampoo (audio)
: to wash (as the hair) with soap and water or with a special preparation
shampooer noun

shampoo

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