What does would-be mean?

Definitions for would-be

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word would-be.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition


  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 Dictionary

  1. Would-be(adj)

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of would-be in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of would-be in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Kerry:

    We would be fools.

  2. Bertrand Piccard:

    It would be stupid.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Yes, they would be.

  4. Ron Medford:

    I would be cautious.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Of course it would be.

Images & Illustrations of would-be

  1. would-bewould-bewould-be

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