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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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Historical Examples

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

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 1, 1916


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for shampooed


  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 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.

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

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