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

  • intransitive v. To look at merchandise in store windows or showcases without making purchases.

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  • v. to engage in window-shopping; to browse the windows of shops with no intention of buying anything

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

  • v. examine the shop windows; shop with the eyes only


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  • Henken, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, remembers when his family would window-shop through downtown after a movie, and virtually the entire contents of a store could be seen.

    Storefront windows in the District are not what they used to be

  • ┬áIt's my only day off and I just want to window-shop, have lunch at the diner.


  • I don't want to go to City Hall or anything, but the more I window-shop or lurk along the edges of The Wedding Industry -- glossy magazines, reality shows, websites -- the less I see myself participating in its rituals.

    Rebecca Walker: An Atypical Engagement: Brooke Berman's Happy Family

  • Maybe better, less noisy low-light performance blacks end up with dark-orange confetti on them sometimes; maybe a larger sensor, if there's any consistent way to find out how big the sensors are on the cameras I window-shop.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • It doesn't cost much to window-shop or take a neighborhood drive, and sometimes that's all it takes to find yourself in the full grip of the Christmas spirit.

    America's Best Christmas Displays

  • When she emerged from the Metro, she made herself window-shop, skimming the fiction titles propped in the window of Kramerbooks and admiring the low riders displayed in the darkened Lucky Brand Jeans store.

    Law of Attraction

  • Emily Becker, 28, and husband Joe Becker, 29, window-shop near Emily's San Francisco office during their lunch break.

    Sooner vs. later: Is there an ideal age for first marriage?

  • These days, because pricing matters, bookshops tend to be the places I window-shop more and more in, while the internet is the place I buy.

    :Acquired Taste

  • Robert trailed them all over Knightsbridge, watching them window-shop, eat crepes, gawk at other shoppers.

    Her Fearful Symmetry

  • WOLF: Visitors window-shop, catch up on the news or even play chess.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2009


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