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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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  • The girls say that I can shampoo and manicure as well as a professional.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • 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)
  • He was busy trying to get rid of his shampoo, which had been unusually severe.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • Perhaps your husband will be so amiable as to shampoo my cat!

    Zut and Other Parisians Guy Wetmore Carryl
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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