Meaning of “window shopping” in the English Dictionary

"window shopping" in British English

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window shoppingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈwɪn.dəʊ ˌʃɒp.ɪŋ/ us /ˈwɪn.doʊ ˌʃɑː.pɪŋ/

the activity of spending time looking at the goods on sale in shop windows without intending to buy any of them

verb [ I ] -pp-

They go to the shopping centre just to window-shop.

(Definition of “window shopping” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"window-shopping" in American English

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window-shoppingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɪn·doʊˌʃɑp·ɪŋ/

the activity of looking at products in store windows without buying them

verb [ I ] us /ˈwɪn·doʊˌʃɑp/ -pp-

We like to stroll by storefronts (= walk slowly past stores with windows that let you see large spaces filled with their products) and window-shop.

(Definition of “window-shopping” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"window shopping" in Business English

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window shoppingnoun [ U ]


the activity of going to a store or website to look at goods rather than to buy anything:

98% of the site's traffic is window shopping rather than spending.
verb [ I ]

People were in the streets window-shopping and looking for places to eat.

(Definition of “window shopping” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)