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[sham-poo] /ʃæmˈpu/
verb (used with object), shampooed, shampooing.
to wash (the head or hair), especially with a cleaning preparation that does not leave a soap film.
to clean (rugs, upholstery, or the like) with a special preparation.
Archaic. to massage.
the act of shampooing.
a preparation used for shampooing, especially one that does not leave a soap film.
Origin of shampoo
1755-65; earlier champo to massage < an inflected form of Hindi cāmpnā literally, to press
Related forms
shampooer, noun Unabridged
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  • Nobody knows till they try it what virtue there is in a shampoo.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • Then he suggested a shampoo, and said my hair needed it badly, very badly.

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We fear that we shall not find time to shampoo your cat, as we shall be so busy taking care of our own.

    Zut and Other Parisians Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • Perhaps your husband will be so amiable as to shampoo my cat!

    Zut and Other Parisians Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • Once he had deplored the necessity and trouble of the Sabbath shave—and his hair had known no law of shears or shampoo.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for shampoo


a liquid or cream preparation of soap or detergent to wash the hair
a similar preparation for washing carpets, etc
the process of shampooing
verb -poos, -pooing, -pooed
(transitive) to wash (the hair, etc) with such a preparation
Derived Forms
shampooer, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi chāmpo, from chāmpnā to knead
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Word Origin and History for shampoo

1762, "to massage," from Anglo-Indian shampoo, from Hindi champo, imperative of champna "to press, knead the muscles," perhaps from Sanskrit capayati "pounds, kneads." Meaning "wash the hair" first recorded 1860; extended 1954 to carpets, upholstery, etc. Related: Shampooed; shampooing.


"soap for shampooing," 1866, from shampoo (v.).


"soap for shampooing," 1866, from shampoo (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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