verb (used with object), sham·pooed, sham·poo·ing.

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 formssham·poo·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of shampoo

Historical Examples of shampoo

  • 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



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 or -pooed

(tr) to wash (the hair, etc) with such a preparation
Derived Formsshampooer, noun

Word Origin for shampoo

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.).

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