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verb (used with object), sham·pooed, sham·poo·ing.
  1. to wash (the head or hair), especially with a cleaning preparation that does not leave a soap film.
  2. to clean (rugs, upholstery, or the like) with a special preparation.
  3. Archaic. to massage.
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  1. the act of shampooing.
  2. a preparation used for shampooing, especially one that does not leave a soap film.
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Origin of shampoo

1755–65; earlier champo to massage < an inflected form of Hindi cāmpnā literally, to press
Related formssham·poo·er, noun
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Related Words

washing, cleaning, shampoo, drench, moisten, hose, scrub, soak, float, shower, douse, wet, wipe, rinse, bathe, dredge, mop, flush, scrape, sweep

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


    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


  1. a liquid or cream preparation of soap or detergent to wash the hair
  2. a similar preparation for washing carpets, etc
  3. the process of shampooing
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verb -poos, -pooing or -pooed
  1. (tr) to wash (the hair, etc) with such a preparation
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Derived Formsshampooer, 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.

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

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