The example for wannabe as a noun uses the word as an adjective.
- It's attributive use of a noun, like "tractor" in "tractor parts". Equinox ◑ 10:07, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
I see a warning that I'm recreating a previously deleted page. Without details of previous discussions, I don't know if this topic is already a dead horse. With that introduction, let the beating begin:
I've seen wannabe spelled with two e's: "wannabee". Other dictionaries, which shall remain nameless here, list both spellings. If this Wiktionary entry intends to specifically disallow the double e spelling, maybe it should do so explicitly.
Here are some, admittedly weak, references:
C paul butler 15:46, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
"Dutch: Wilt zijn". Dat is nonsense. "Wilt zijn" is not an expression on its own in Dutch, just a part of a phrase, without much meaning out of its context.
Wannabe as verb
Wannabe as a noun is a word. I don't think that wannabe as a verb is. The example given is simply a usage that shows how the speaker is pronouncing his sentence (by running words together). This type of written usage, like spellings used to show a certain regional pronunciation, don't make this a word. Unless someone has a citation, I'm going to delete. --18.104.22.168 20:24, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
I deleted the Verb heading, as the prior editor hit the nail on the head: the written form of pronunciation habits cannot be labeled a verb in this case.