Definition of shampoo in English:


Syllabification: sham·poo
Pronunciation: /SHamˈpo͞o


1A liquid preparation containing detergent or soap for washing the hair: he smelt clean, of soap and shampoo an anti-dandruff shampoo
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  • The more volume you can get in your hair from shampoo, setting gel and a round brush, the better the height.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of regular baby shampoo or liquid dish soap to aid the process.
  • Use a hot-oil treatment after every shampoo and follow with liquid, not creamy, leave-in conditioners.
1.1A substance similar to shampoo for cleaning a carpet, soft furnishings, or a car.
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  • The vinegar pulls out the old shampoo cleaning the carpet as well.
  • Vacuum your carpet regularly, and do not use liquid carpet shampoos to clean them.
1.2An act of washing or cleaning something, especially the hair, with shampoo: a shampoo and set
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  • To clean your scalp between shampoos, especially if you wear braided or dreadlocked styles, wipe it with an astringent-soaked cotton hall or pad.
  • As well, the pigments used have less capacity for oxygenation and thus stay small enough to be removed from the hair cortex in 6 to 12 shampoos.
  • To one tablespoon of lemon juice, add a pinch of black pepper and massage this on your scalp before a shampoo.

verb (shampoos, shampooing, shampooed /-ˈpo͞od/)

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1Wash or clean (something, especially the hair) with shampoo: Dolly was sitting in the bath shampooing her hair
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  • Satisfied, she shampooed her hair and cleaned herself up.
  • While Jody had been with me, the nurse had given him a bath and shampooed his hair, something else we had declined in our birth plan.
  • I have bathed her, shampooed her hair, tasted her tears, her sweat, her essence.
1.1 (shampoo something in/out) Wash something in or out of the hair using shampoo: apply oil to wet hair, otherwise it will be difficult to shampoo it out
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  • The next morning, the gel can be shampooed out of the hair.
  • As it protects hair from heat during styling, it creates style memory that lasts until you shampoo it out, with no leftover residue.
  • In the morning we shampooed it out with dish detergent and rinsed it with warm water and vinegar.


mid 18th century (in the sense 'massage (as part of a Turkish bath process)'): from Hindi cāṃpo! 'press!', imperative of cāṃpnā.

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