from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various liquid or cream preparations of soap or detergent used to wash the hair and scalp.
  • n. Any of various cleaning agents for rugs, upholstery, or cars.
  • n. The act or process of washing or cleaning with shampoo.
  • transitive v. To wash or undergo washing with shampoo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional Indian and Persian body massage given after pouring warm water over the body and rubbing it with extracts from herbs.
  • n. A commercial liquid soap product for washing hair or other fibres/fibers, such as carpets.
  • n. An instance of washing the hair or other fibres with shampoo.
  • n. Champagne (wine).
  • v. To wash one's own hair with shampoo.
  • v. To wash (i.e. the hair, carpet, etc.) with shampoo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of shampooing.
  • transitive v. To press or knead the whole surface of the body of (a person), and at the same time to stretch the limbs and joints, in connection with the hot bath.
  • transitive v. To wash throughly and rub the head of (a person), with the fingers, using either soap, or a soapy preparation, for the more thorough cleansing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub and percuss the whole surface of (the body), and at the same time to extend the limbs and rack the joints, in connection with a hot bath, for the purpose of restoring tone and vigor to the system; a practice introduced from the East. Such kneading and rubbing of the whole body is now commonly called massage. Also used figuratively.
  • To lather, wash, and rub or brush (the head) thoroughly.
  • n. The act or operation of shampooing, in either sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cleansing agent consisting of soaps or detergents used for washing the hair
  • n. the act of washing your hair with shampoo
  • v. use shampoo on (hair)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Hindi cāṁpō, imperative of cāṁpnā, to press.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Hindi चाँपो (champo), imperative form of चाँपना (champna, "to press, knead"), from the Sanskrit root चपयति (√cap, "to pound, knead").



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  • *steps away from PossU*

    January 17, 2010

  • Umbrage! I demand realpoo!

    January 16, 2010

  • That doesn't sound so bad. Hindi? Cool.

    March 6, 2008

  • Ok, let's be brave!!

    from the online etymological dictionary:

    1762, "to massage," from Anglo-Indian shampoo, from Hindi champo, imperative of champna "to press, knead the muscles," perhaps from Skt. capayati "pounds, kneads." Meaning "wash the hair" first recorded 1860; extended 1954 to carpets, upholstery, etc. The noun meaning "soap for shampooing" first recorded 1866.

    March 6, 2008

  • Would you rather use realpoo?

    March 2, 2008

  • Sham and poo in a same word. Too scared to see the etymology, if there is any.

    March 2, 2008