Definition of shampoo in US English:

shampoo

noun

  • 1A liquid preparation containing detergent or soap for washing the hair.

    ‘he smelt clean, of soap and shampoo’
    ‘an anti-dandruff shampoo’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nail polish, shampoo, perfume, hair gel and body lotion all may contain phthalates.’
    • ‘Clinical tests have shown this product works against lice that have developed resistance to standard lice shampoos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been trying to get parents to buy non-scented soap, shampoo and toothpaste for scout camps.’
    • ‘Therefore, having soap, shampoo and toiletry items available to them is a big plus.’
    • ‘And, ah, get soap, shampoo, scissors, a razor and some gel if you can.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a small closet with towels and some cheap oral care material like soap, shampoo and toothpaste.’
    • ‘It's almost impossible to buy a soap, shampoo or bubble bath which does not contain synthetic sodium laurel sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate.’
    • ‘The lice shampoos I have seen all have a lot of scary warnings.’
    • ‘Use a hot-oil treatment after every shampoo and follow with liquid, not creamy, leave-in conditioners.’
    • ‘If I go more than a day without shampoo my hair is a grease pot.’
    • ‘That way, the shampoo gets the soap residue off of the skin under your beard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A substance similar to shampoo for cleaning a carpet, soft furnishings, or a car.
      • ‘Vacuum your carpet regularly, and do not use liquid carpet shampoos to clean them.’
      • ‘The vinegar pulls out the old shampoo cleaning the carpet as well.’
    2. 1.2 An act of washing or cleaning something, especially the hair, with shampoo.
      ‘a shampoo and set’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 clean your scalp between shampoos, especially if you wear braided or dreadlocked styles, wipe it with an astringent-soaked cotton hall or pad.’
      • ‘To one tablespoon of lemon juice, add a pinch of black pepper and massage this on your scalp before a shampoo.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Wash or clean (something, especially the hair) with shampoo.

    ‘Dolly was sitting in the bath shampooing her hair’
    • ‘She is shampooing his hair, he is annoying her with too many demands.’
    • ‘I took about half an hour in the shower, shampooing my hair twice and scrubbing myself as hard as I could.’
    • ‘She shaved, washed, scrubbed, and shampooed her body until there was nothing left to do.’
    • ‘She was going to appreciate every second of this day, she decided, shampooing her hair briskly.’
    • ‘After shampooing her hair and cleansing her body, she shut off the shower and got out.’
    • ‘Satisfied, she shampooed her hair and cleaned herself up.’
    • ‘I have bathed her, shampooed her hair, tasted her tears, her sweat, her essence.’
    • ‘I leaned over the sink, and Audrey shampooed my hair, rinsed, shampooed again, and then rinsed again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The showgrounds were buzzing yesterday as horse exhibitors washed and shampooed their charges ahead of today's judging classes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could immediately tell that it had been shampooed, and their hair turned out to be very curly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My husband shampooed the carpet today, so we're ready for you.’
    • ‘He had just turned on the water and began shampooing his hair when he felt the door open.’
    • ‘She gasped out loud at the first icy stab of the droplets, then quickly shampooed her hair.’
    • ‘Within minutes, he shampooed his hair, and rubbed body soap over his body, before rinsing himself off.’
    • ‘Within a few seconds, she had accidentally slammed the door in his face and was fervently shampooing her hair.’
    • ‘Since I had just over two hours before Jake would arrive, I took an extra long shower, shampooing my hair twice and shaving.’
    • ‘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.’
    wash, cleanse, wipe, sponge, scrub, mop, rinse, scour, swab, hose down, sluice, sluice down, flush, polish, disinfect
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    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’
      • ‘In the morning we shampooed it out with dish detergent and rinsed it with warm water and vinegar.’
      • ‘As it protects hair from heat during styling, it creates style memory that lasts until you shampoo it out, with no leftover residue.’
      • ‘The next morning, the gel can be shampooed out of the hair.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

shampoo

/ʃæmˈpu//SHamˈpo͞o/