Wannabe meaning

wŏnə-bē, wôn-
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(slang) A person who wants to be or be like someone else or to attain some status or condition.

A rock-star wannabe.

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Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.
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One who aspires to a role or position.
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One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
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A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
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Someone who wishes to be or do something, but lacks the qualifications or talent; an overeager amateur; an aspirant.

Hollywood's restaurants are full of wannabe actors waiting to be discovered.

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Origin of wannabe

  • Alteration of want to be

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Wannabe is a noun formed from a complex verb combination of the phrase, "want to be". Wannabe can be considered a conversion, category change, or functional shift.

    From Wiktionary

  • Written form of a reduction of "want to be"

    From Wiktionary