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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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  • I have just had him shampooed and when he is dry I will examine him and report to you at once.

  • It is almost impossible to state positively how often the hair should be shampooed.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • Shall I be shined, shampooed and shaved, Singed and trimmed 'round the edges, too?

    Bib Ballads Ring W. Lardner
  • Bought another cake—shaved with it, shampooed with it, ate it.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • During that time she went nowhere and shampooed her hair every day.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Come and be shampooed, and I had you by the nose and tell you noting.

    Lady Maude's Mania George Manville Fenn
  • The hair should be shampooed often enough to keep it clean and fluffy.

    Confidences Edith B. Lowry
  • Having thrown myself on the bed, the bearer, who was in attendance, inquired if I would be shampooed.

  • Nits: If the head is shampooed regularly each week as above described, it will cure and prevent the condition of "nits."

  • Under the glare of an electric light he recognized Weston and some of the crowd who had shampooed them.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for shampooed


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 shampooed



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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