win·​dow-shop ˈwin-dō-ˌshäp How to pronounce window-shop (audio)
window-shopped; window-shopping; window-shops

intransitive verb

: to look at the displays in retail store windows without going inside the stores to make purchases
window-shopper noun

Examples of window-shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Market Street, the entertainment and fashion district of the upscale mega-suburb The Woodlands, north of the big city, people window-shop high-end boutiques and hit the many eateries at dusk when temperatures hovered in the 100s. Charles Selle, Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 But that isn’t the point of it, so take your time: sit in the gardens, marvel at the blooms, window-shop along the way, and bask in the romance of spring in Paris. Christine Chitnis, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of window-shop was in 1890

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“Window-shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to look at the displays in store windows without going inside to buy
window-shopper noun

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