Definition of shampoo in English:

shampoo

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A liquid preparation for washing the hair:

    ‘he smelt clean, of soap and shampoo’
    [count noun] ‘an anti-dandruff shampoo’
    • ‘After soaping up completely, he scrubbed some shampoo through his hair, then stood under the spray, letting the soap rinse off slowly as the heat eased his tensed muscles.’
    • ‘That way, the shampoo gets the soap residue off of the skin under your beard.’
    • ‘Use a hot-oil treatment after every shampoo and follow with liquid, not creamy, leave-in conditioners.’
    • ‘The lice shampoos I have seen all have a lot of scary warnings.’
    • ‘The older ones had shampoo, deodorant or soap smells.’
    • ‘Add in 1/2 cup of regular baby shampoo or liquid dish soap to aid the process.’
    • ‘I stuck a lot of stuff I might need in my purse, such as razors, toothpaste and the vital toothbrush, soap, shampoo and conditioner, and a few other things.’
    • ‘Permethrin is already known by many consumers as an ingredient in head lice shampoos for children.’
    • ‘If I go more than a day without shampoo my hair is a grease pot.’
    • ‘There was a small closet with towels and some cheap oral care material like soap, shampoo and toothpaste.’
    • ‘The more volume you can get in your hair from shampoo, setting gel and a round brush, the better the height.’
    • ‘She proceeded to show him where the soap and shampoo was, along with other items such as toilet paper and extra towels.’
    • ‘Clinical tests have shown this product works against lice that have developed resistance to standard lice shampoos.’
    • ‘Nail polish, shampoo, perfume, hair gel and body lotion all may contain phthalates.’
    • ‘The first time my personal check got turned into an automatic debit, I was buying shampoo at a family-owned hair care store in my urban neighborhood.’
    • ‘And, ah, get soap, shampoo, scissors, a razor and some gel if you can.’
    • ‘As it operates as a home for men trying to get off the street, they are asking this year for toiletries like toothpaste, soap and shampoo.’
    • ‘Therefore, having soap, shampoo and toiletry items available to them is a big plus.’
    • ‘It's almost impossible to buy a soap, shampoo or bubble bath which does not contain synthetic sodium laurel sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate.’
    • ‘I have been trying to get parents to buy non-scented soap, shampoo and toothpaste for scout camps.’
    1. 1.1 A liquid preparation for cleaning a carpet, soft furnishings, or a car:
      ‘the foyer smelled of dusty plants and carpet shampoo’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2[count noun] An act of washing or cleaning something, especially the hair, with shampoo:
      ‘a shampoo and set’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To clean your scalp between shampoos, especially if you wear braided or dreadlocked styles, wipe it with an astringent-soaked cotton hall or pad.’
      • ‘Haircuts, manicures, shaves and shampoos undertaken here, says another - adding that the proprietor would be happy to have these services home-delivered to you without any extra charge.’
      • ‘Your dog can get manicures, pedicures, shampoos; you can feed it gourmet treats; you can put it in clothes to match your own.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Wash or clean (something, especially the hair) with shampoo:

    ‘Dolly was sitting in the bath shampooing her hair’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could immediately tell that it had been shampooed, and their hair turned out to be very curly.’
    • ‘Satisfied, she shampooed her hair and cleaned herself up.’
    • ‘She shaved, washed, scrubbed, and shampooed her body until there was nothing left to do.’
    • ‘My husband shampooed the carpet today, so we're ready for you.’
    • ‘I shower daily, but if I shampooed every day my hair would turn into a nasty dry mass of stiff split ends, like one of those old-fashioned straw brooms.’
    • ‘I took about half an hour in the shower, shampooing my hair twice and scrubbing myself as hard as I could.’
    • ‘She is shampooing his hair, he is annoying her with too many demands.’
    • ‘Okay, yeah, so you all don't need the details of my shower - I basically just shampooed my hair, conditioned it, then hopped on out.’
    • ‘Since I had just over two hours before Jake would arrive, I took an extra long shower, shampooing my hair twice and shaving.’
    • ‘After shampooing her hair and cleansing her body, she shut off the shower and got out.’
    • ‘I have bathed her, shampooed her hair, tasted her tears, her sweat, her essence.’
    • ‘She was going to appreciate every second of this day, she decided, shampooing her hair briskly.’
    • ‘Within minutes, he shampooed his hair, and rubbed body soap over his body, before rinsing himself off.’
    • ‘The showgrounds were buzzing yesterday as horse exhibitors washed and shampooed their charges ahead of today's judging classes.’
    • ‘Within a few seconds, she had accidentally slammed the door in his face and was fervently shampooing her hair.’
    • ‘She took extra minutes to adjust the water's temperature, took extra time shampooing her hair, and extra minutes relaxing at the end of the shower.’
    • ‘He had just turned on the water and began shampooing his hair when he felt the door open.’
    • ‘I leaned over the sink, and Audrey shampooed my hair, rinsed, shampooed again, and then rinsed again.’
    • ‘She gasped out loud at the first icy stab of the droplets, then quickly shampooed her hair.’
    1. 1.1shampoo 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’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

shampoo

/ʃamˈpuː/