Definition of shampoo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃamˈpuː


[mass noun]
  • 1A liquid preparation containing soap for washing the hair: he smelt clean, of soap and shampoo [count noun]: 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 liquid preparation for cleaning a carpet, soft furnishings, or a car: the foyer smelled of dusty plants and carpet shampoo
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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.
  • 1.2 [count noun] An 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)

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  • Wash 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.


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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