Definition of window shopping in US English:

window shopping

noun

  • The activity of looking at goods displayed in shop windows, especially without intending to buy anything.

    ‘window shopping is the favorite pastime of all New Yorkers’
    • ‘Once tired of window shopping, they decided to catch a movie.’
    • ‘Then we did some window shopping downtown.’
    • ‘And later, it's almost time for window shopping.’
    • ‘Hemmed in on all sides by low-rise buildings, the forecourt provides a breathing space for meeting, socializing and window shopping.’
    • ‘Residents near the store, who have taken a day off from work, come in for some window shopping.’
    • ‘Unlike many mall visitors, Ms. Kitty seems quite content with window shopping.’
    • ‘You know, early on, there's a lot of window shopping going on.’
    • ‘I didn't have a lot to do so I decided to walk around town, do some window shopping, something to keep me from home.’
    • ‘Why don't you do a little window shopping?’
    • ‘Granted, this is window shopping, but when you know what you're after, there's nothing wrong with that.’
    • ‘It's time to do a little "window shopping."’
    • ‘They were also very beneficial to store owners in a way that allowed people to continue with their window shopping on rainy days.’
    • ‘Teenagers cycled past on bikes and young mothers pushing prams made their leisurely way down the street, stopping occasionally to do a bit of window shopping.’
    • ‘There's no time for dawdling around the centre and doing a little window shopping.’
    • ‘A little time spent window shopping can result in significant long-term savings at the gas pump.’
    • ‘"Malls are only good for window shopping, as I find them too expensive."’
    • ‘Jostling and window shopping is part of the deal and we did it all.’
    • ‘Trips will last an average of three hours and 57 minutes; however a large amount of this is window shopping.’
    • ‘After all, you do not need to pay for window shopping or being a window gourmet.’
    • ‘They are described as the British farming industry's most high-profile shop window, and with such a variety of goods on offer, window shopping has never been so tempting.’

Phrases

  • window shopper

      • ‘And to the national multitude of window-shoppers, whether at the mall or watching their TVs, the full-time advertising is another, complementary provocation.’
      • ‘The bad news is that most of those new customers are proving to be window-shoppers who are unlikely to ever come back.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those affected are not only the ubiquitous window-shoppers, but also the shop-till-you-drop types, both of whom prefer to operate on foot.’

Pronunciation

window shopping

/ˈwɪndoʊ ˌʃɑpɪŋ//ˈwindō ˌSHäpiNG/