Definition of window shopping in English:

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window shopping

noun

[mass noun]
The activity of looking at goods displayed in shop windows, especially without intending to buy anything: window shopping is the favourite pastime of all New Yorkers
More example sentences
  • Residents near the store, who have taken a day off from work, come in for some window shopping.
  • You know, early on, there's a lot of window shopping going on.
  • Unlike many mall visitors, Ms. Kitty seems quite content with window shopping.

Derivatives

window-shop

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪndəʊʃɒp/
verb
Example sentences
  • Like before, we had several hours before our next train, so we window-shopped and ate lunch.
  • That taken care of, we walked around town a bit, and window-shopped in the old-town.
  • Right after Christmas she window-shops for the right gift for 'him'.

window shopper

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪndəʊ ˌʃɒpə/
noun
Example sentences
  • On Sunday, two boys and two girls were mixing with the general gathering - window-shoppers, dawdlers, and so on - carrying signboards that said, ‘crazy sales’.
  • And to the national multitude of window-shoppers, whether at the mall or watching their TVs, the full-time advertising is another, complementary provocation.
  • Some of the parents gasped and dragged away their offspring, rushing for the door, and most of the window-shoppers panicked and joined the exodus.

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Line breaks: win¦dow shop|ping

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