Definitions for wannabeˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-
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wan•na•beˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-(n.)(pl.)-bes or -bees.
one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.
a product, company, etc., that copies another in order to achieve similar success.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of wannabe:
1980–85; der. of (I) wanna be...
aspirant, aspirer, hopeful, wannabe, wannabee(noun)
an ambitious and aspiring young person
"a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
Someone who wishes to be or do something, but lacks the qualifications or talent; an overeager amateur; an aspirant.
Origin: Written form of a reduction of "want to be"