Definitions for would-be

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. manque, would-be(a)(adj)

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. would-be(Adjective)

    attempting or desiring something

    Would-be marines have to get through a rigorous examination.

  2. would-be(Adjective)

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

    Would-be film stars often become waitresses.

  3. Origin: From would + be.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Would-be(adj)

    desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would-be poet

Translations for would-be

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • pseudo-, möchtegernGerman
  • sasi-Basque
  • pseudo-, soi-disant, en puissanceFrench
  • мечтающий, несостоявшийся, претендующийRussian

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