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wannabee

[won-uh-bee, waw-nuh-] /ˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-/
noun, plural wannabees.
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wannabe

noun

Someone who aspires to be someone else, esp a star or hero: Rambo Wanna-be's/ A ''poser'' or a ''wanta be'' is someone who tries to be like someone else

[1980s+ California surfers & black street gangs; fr imprecise or dialectal pronunciation of ''want to be'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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