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shampoo

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transitive verb sham·poo \sham-ˈpü\

Definition of shampoo

  1. 1 archaic :  massage

  2. 2a :  to wash (as the hair) with soap and water or with a special preparationb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of shampoo

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


First Known Use: 1762


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shampoo

noun sham·poo

Definition of shampoo

plural

shampoos

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of shampooing

  2. 2 :  a preparation used in shampooing

1838

First Known Use of shampoo

1838


SHAMPOO Defined for English Language Learners

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shampoo

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transitive verb sham·poo \sham-ˈpü\

Definition of shampoo for English Language Learners

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


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shampoo

noun sham·poo

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

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noun sham·poo \sham-ˈpü\

Definition of shampoo for Students

plural

shampoos

  1. 1 :  a cleaner made for washing the hair

  2. 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

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verb sham·poo

Definition of shampoo for Students

shampooed

shampooing

  1. :  to wash the hair and scalp



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