- 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
Related Wordswashing, cleaning, shampoo, drench, moisten, hose, scrub, soak, float, shower, douse, wet, wipe, rinse, bathe, dredge, mop, flush, scrape, sweep
Examples from the Web for shampoo
The idea of a soap being advertised as gluten-free struck me as ludicrous—roughly on par with a shampoo proclaiming to be low fat.
Lo and behold, hydrolyzed wheat protein showed up in some shampoo and conditioner I had in my own house.
While “at home, Mr. Jordan uses a shampoo and conditioner from Herbal Essences that happens to be pink,” WSJ reports.Taylor Swift Channels Kate Middleton; NBA Players Admit Beauty Obsessions
The Fashion Beast Team
November 27, 2013
The family, villagers, and the Taliban were even incensed by a shampoo commercial, featuring Humira, which played on television.The World’s Bravest Singers
Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai
July 18, 2013
Or, to take a product that Goleman seems particularly partial to, shampoo?What's Your Green IQ?
April 22, 2009
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
Perhaps your husband will be so amiable as to shampoo my cat!Zut and Other Parisians
Guy Wetmore Carryl
- a liquid or cream preparation of soap or detergent to wash the hair
- a similar preparation for washing carpets, etc
- the process of shampooing
- (tr) to wash (the hair, etc) with such a preparation
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.).