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shampoo

sham·poo

shampoo

 
pronunciation:
shaem pu
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: shampooed, shampooing, shampoos
definition: to clean with a soap solution.
We will shampoo the rug with a special machine.
 
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: shampoos
definition 1: a soap solution used to clean the hair.
definition 2: a liquid cleanser used on rugs and the fabric part of furniture.
definition 3: an act of shampooing.
I went to the barber for a shampoo and a trim.
derivation: shampooer (n.)
Word History
English speakers did not use shampoo until the 1860s. The word itself entered English in the 1700s. It was an English version of a Hindi word meaning "to massage." The word did not have the present meanings of "wash the hair" and "soap for the hair" until the 1860s.
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