Slang a person who wants to be or be like someone else or to attain some status or condition: a rock-star wannabe
also written wanna-be
Origin of wannabe; from want to be: phonetic spelling, spelled , informal pronunciation
also wan·na·bee Informal
- One who aspires to a role or position.
- One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
- A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.
Origin of wannabeAlteration of want to be.