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

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shampooer noun

Examples of shampoo in a Sentence


She shampoos her hair every morning. We need to shampoo the rug.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But all the recent shame surrounding washing your hair too often has gotten me thinking: Is shampooing your hair every day really that bad? Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair," 12 Apr. 2019 After applying fresh color, wait at least 72 hours before shampooing. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 Because shampoo doesn’t lather up very well in hard water, shampooing leaves your hair feeling and looking limp and dry. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 Apply this baby two to three times a week after shampooing, then skip the conditioner and enjoy your softer, silkier hair. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Frank Body's First-Ever Hair-Care Products Include a Scalp Scrub and Mask — and There’s Already a Waitlist," 17 May 2019 Not shampooing your hair every day may lessen the amount of skin rashes, or a therapeutic oil cream can also do wonders. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Common Scalp Issues — And How to Treat Them," 31 July 2018 Sensitivity to shampoo or hair dyes, not shampooing enough and skin conditions like psoriasis are other potential culprits for flakes. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "5 Dandruff Treatments That Actually Work, According to Dermatologists," 13 Dec. 2018 The night before shampooing, try Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-wash Treatment to help your hair retain moisture during and after your shower. Jessica Prince Erlich, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Secrets to Long, Thick, Shiny Hair," 7 Nov. 2016 Instead, condition daily, both after shampooing and on the in-between days. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Beach Hair If You're Not at the Beach," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to its affordability, Pattern also offers its shampoo and conditioners in different sizes — that means three, 13, and jumbo 29-ounce conditioners, y'all. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "We Tried Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross, a Hair-Care Line for 3B to 4C Curls," 3 Sep. 2019 Last week, when Moustafa and his uncle Nour went to the prison to visit her and bring her a toothbrush, shampoo and other supplies, only Nour was allowed to enter. Washington Post, "Egypt jails American traveler, saying she criticized the government on Facebook," 9 Aug. 2019 Or, plan your entire day around this luxurious, 10,000-square-foot spa with its Day of Decadence package ($470), which includes a body scrub, full-body Swedish massage, facial, pedicure, shampoo and style, champagne and a charcuterie board. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 The other bills removed protections for homebuyers and imposed too stiff a penalty for stealing waste cooking oil, which can be sold to recyclers who turn it into shampoo and other products. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Controversy surrounds education commissioner pick," 19 July 2019 Some lean on grocery carts, waiting for the delivery of boxes loaded with colorful sacks of carrots, potatoes, cabbage and onions, bundles of rice and beans, boxes of grapes, shampoo, toilet paper and laundry detergent. Erica Hellerstein, The Mercury News, "In Santa Cruz, a clandestine food bank draws hundreds of farmworkers," 24 Aug. 2019 Personal care: Perfumes, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, bath salts, soap, hair clippers, petroleum jelly and sunscreen. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 This Herbal Essences shampoo is one of the most impressive innovations of 2019. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Clean Hair Care Is Hard—But Not Impossible," 12 Aug. 2019 As far as topical treatments go—that means medication that can be directly applied to the skin—corticosteroids that can be applied as a foam, shampoo, cream, gel or lotion are often prescribed. Lambeth Hochwald,, "4 Things To Know About Scalp Psoriasis, According To Dermatologists," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shampoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


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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