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 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 The key is to soak it in for five to 10 minutes after shampooing the hair, then rinse, and use it at a minimum of once every two weeks or up to twice a week for very dry locks for softer hair all spring long. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "You can get a major discount on high-end beauty, hair, and skincare products right now," 4 Mar. 2020 After shampooing and conditioning, try using a leave-in product, like a conditioner or detangler, which will boost moisture and provide heat protection before styling. Dina Cheney, SELF, "8 Ways to Make Thinning Hair Shiny and Full Again," 13 Dec. 2019 There’s a shot of the two of them together, Mrs. Coulter shampooing Lyra’s hair, and then a shot of Mrs. Coulter alone, staring distractedly into the cooling bath water as her daemon, a golden monkey, looks on with concern. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Building the Worlds of His Dark Materials," 3 Dec. 2019 There are just so many things to do in there between hosting concerts, pretending to be a mermaid, and making important life decisions while shampooing and conditioning. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Make Your Shower Look Super Artsy With This Easy Hack," 22 Nov. 2019 After shampooing hair, follow with a super-hydrating conditioner to moisturize curls, which tend to be drier than straight hair since your hair's natural oils have to travel around coils to get to the end of the hair shaft. Pia Velasco, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use a Diffuser to Get Perfect Curls and Waves Every Time," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last-minute travel essentials to grab at the airport used to include items like ibuprofen, small shampoo bottles, and neck pillows. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Now Buy Face Masks From Vending Machines at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas," 15 May 2020 Most newer glasses are treated with special protective coatings that keep away glares and smudges but also make many potential anti-fog solutions or home remedies — such as vinegar, dish soap and shampoo — ineffective. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus and eye care: Bay Area experts weigh in on glasses, contacts and foggy lenses," 10 May 2020 In the absence of regular showers and sinks, astronauts and cosmonauts use rinseless soap and shampoo and spit their toothpaste into washcloths. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What's it like to live on the International Space Station?," 18 Oct. 2019 Buy now: $13 on amazon.com AusKit Travel Bottles This four-pack of silicone bottles comes with clever, rotating lids—simply twist to signify whether the product is soap, shampoo, conditioner, or sunscreen. Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Reusable Travel Bottles for All Your Creams, Soaps, and Serums," 19 Aug. 2019 Each moisturizing, sulfate-free formula can be used not only as a body wash, but as hand soap, shampoo, and face wash, too. Marci Robin, Allure, "Right to Shower Is the New Brand Ensuring Homeless People Have Access to Hygiene Services," 20 Apr. 2019 Wash thoroughly with the soap (and shampoo) provided, then rinse completely (the washcloth, too), and tidy up your shower area. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "The Transporting Daily Ritual of the Japanese Evening Bath," 8 Dec. 2017 Paper products including plates, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, facial tissues, cleaning supplies, soaps and detergents, plus personal items such as face soaps, shampoo and deodorants, can also be donated. cleveland, "Avon Lake family’s 3D printing project helps face masks fit comfortably: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 1 May 2020 Hair swatches treated with this conditioner versus just a shampoo, were easier to comb through, helping to prevent future hair damage. Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Conditioner," 1 May 2020

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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

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shampoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shampoo. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for shampoo

shampoo

verb
How to pronounce shampoo (audio)

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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