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    busybody as an intransitive verb

    I just looked the word busybody up in the SODE. It says busybody can be used as an intransitive verb. How can I use it context?

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    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    I have never seen "busybody" used as anything other than a noun.

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    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I just looked the word busybody up in the SODE. It says busybody can be used as an intransitive verb. How can I use it context?
    "My next-door neighbour is always busybodying around."
    I've never heard it either, but there's no problem verbing nouns if you're into that sort of thing.

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    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    Most dictionaries only give it as a noun and a search for busybodied mostly brings up dictionaries in the answers. I can't remember coming across it.

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    #5

    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    It is easier and more correct to say "My neighbor is a busybody".

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    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

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    It is easier and more correct to say "My neighbor is a busybody".
    I have that feeling about most new verbed nouns that come off the presses.

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    #7

    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    As well you should.

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    #8

    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

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    As well you should.
    You do sometimes unnecessary*.

    *vb, intr.

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    #9

    Re: busybody as an intransitive verb

    I think "to busybody" is up there with using "nosy/nosey" as a verb or a noun.

    I'm just nosying/noseying around.
    I'm going to have a nosy/nosey around.

    Most dictionaries give it is an adjective.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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