shampoo

verb
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

shampoo

noun
plural shampoos

Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from shampoo

Verb

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 To remove the mask, shampoo your hair, being careful to rinse thoroughly to remove all the oil. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "How to use coconut oil for hair," 11 Mar. 2021 Try to shampoo your hair less frequently and use warm water instead of hot water. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Scalp Care," 17 Dec. 2020 How to Use Shampoo Correctly Believe it or not, there’s a right and wrong way to shampoo your hair. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 25 Nov. 2020 Apply the mixture evenly onto wet hair, cover with a shower cap before bed, and shampoo it out in the morning. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "6 Easy Ways to Lighten Your Hair at Home Naturally," 16 July 2020 Put on a shower cap, go to bed, and shampoo the mixture off in the morning. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "6 Easy Ways to Lighten Your Hair at Home Naturally," 16 July 2020 The shop is open during limited hours and is not offering facial shaves, beard trims or shampooing services. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Watch a Georgia Barbershop Owner Talk About Reopening During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 About 200 staff per shift clean plane cabins in hangars, from replacing seat covers to shampooing carpets, according to a video on the airline’s official Twitter account. Anurag Kotoky, Time, "Two-Thirds of the World’s Passengers Jets Are Grounded Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. Here's What That Means," 17 Apr. 2020 One had gone from serving mimosas to shampooing banquet chairs. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From bartender to painter, Brown Hotel revamps its staff to keep employees on the books," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s where these hardworking hair products for straight hair come in, starting in the shower with a volumizing shampoo and ending with stylers that deliver volume that actually lasts. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Best Products for Straight Hair of 2021," 23 Mar. 2021 Because heated tools like flat irons can dry hair out over time, using a moisturizing shampoo will add protective hydration. Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, "How to curl hair with a flat iron," 18 Mar. 2021 As a surfactant, this shampoo uses Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the main cleansing ingredient. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, "The Best New Shampoo For Your Hair Type, According to Experts," 15 Mar. 2021 Some of the children at the tent facility have reportedly had to wait some five days to shower and have lacked soap while doing so, with just shampoo being provided, the lawyers said, according to the Associated Press. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration denies lawyers access to migrant facility: Report," 13 Mar. 2021 Instead, wash with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo one day, and one that exfoliates the scalp the next (look for formulas that incorporate tea tree oil or salicylic acid). Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Scalp Care," 17 Dec. 2020 Start off by soaking your wig in cold water with a small amount of shampoo—about a quarter size—for five to ten minutes. Michella Oré, Glamour, "How to Wash a Wig and Other Expert Tips to Always Look Flawless," 10 Mar. 2021 Because your hair is going to be bleached first, and then color-treated, use a moisturizing shampoo, such as the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo ($31, Sephora), to prevent breakage. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pastel Hair Is the Prettiest Trend to Try This Spring," 22 Feb. 2021 The list includes travel-size bottles of shampoo, deodorant, non-alcoholic mouth wash, and other essential hygiene needs. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "5 ways you can help those facing homelessness in the cold," 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of shampoo

Verb

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shampoo

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for shampoo

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The first known use of shampoo was in 1762

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Last Updated

22 Mar 2021

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“Shampoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shampoo. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for shampoo

shampoo

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shampoo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
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

shampoo

verb
sham·​poo
shampooed; shampooing

Kids Definition of shampoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wash the hair and scalp

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