wannabe

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noun wan·na·be \ˈwä-nə-ˌbē\
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wannabee

Definition of wannabe

  1. 1 :  a person who wants or aspires to be someone or something else or who tries to look or act like someone else

  2. 2 :  something (such as a company, city, or product) intended to rival another of its kind that has been successful; especially :  one for which hopes have failed or are likely to fail

Examples of wannabe in a Sentence

  1. an entrepreneur who seems to have made his fortune mainly by giving how-to-get-rich lectures to entrepreneurial wannabes

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Origin and Etymology of wannabe

from the phrase want to be


WANNABE Defined for English Language Learners

wannabe

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Definition of wannabe for English Language Learners

  • : a person who tries to look or act like someone else (such as a famous person) : a person who wants to be a particular person or type of person



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