Definition of verbal noun in English:

verbal noun


  • A noun formed as an inflection of a verb and partly sharing its constructions, such as smoking in smoking is forbidden.

    See -ing
    • ‘Since ousia is a verbal noun formed from the participle on, this is not a perspicuous statement.’
    • ‘The tendency then to mark new findings through invention of verbal nouns is recurrent and may elicit the criticism of jargon-infested prose.’
    • ‘To avoid exceedance one has to write a rather awkward construction involving the verbal noun exceeding.’
    • ‘‘Taqlid’ is actually a verbal noun which means ‘to gird your neck with a band’.’
    • ‘Islam in Arabic is a verbal noun, meaning self-surrender to God as revealed through the message and life of his Prophet, Muhammad.’