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.


  1. the act of shampooing.
  2. a preparation used for shampooing, especially one that does not leave a soap film.


  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

verb -poos, -pooing or -pooed

  1. (tr) to wash (the hair, etc) with such a preparation

v.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. n.“soap for shampooing,” 1866, from shampoo (v.).

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