Definitions for wannabeˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wan•na•beˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-(n.)(pl.)-bes or -bees.

or wan•na•bee

  1. one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.

    Category: Informal

  2. 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...

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. wannabe(Noun)

    Someone who wishes to be or do something, but lacks the qualifications or talent; an overeager amateur; an aspirant.

  2. Origin: Written form of a reduction of "want to be"


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