EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

gonna +‎ be, after wannabe.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʌnəbi/, /ˈɡɒnəbi/
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NounEdit

gonnabe (plural gonnabes)

  1. (informal) One who intends to become famous or important.
    • 2007 August 6, Kelefa Sanneh, “Punk on Parade, With Flexible Marching Orders”, in New York Times[1]:
      Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, Coheed and Cambria, the Starting Line: all have struggled to meet high expectations, and maybe some of them were relieved to be playing this summer’s Warped Tour, nestled among the wannabes and gonnabes.