wannabe

[ won-uh-bee, waw-nuh‐ ]
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noun,plural wan·na·bes.Informal.
  1. one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.

Origin of wannabe

1
First recorded in1980–85; derivative of (I) wanna be…
  • Sometimes wan·na·bee .

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wannabe

wannabee

/ (ˈwɒnəˌbiː) /


noun
  1. informal

    • a person who desires to be, or be like, someone or something else: a group of Marilyn Monroe wannabes

    • (as modifier): a wannabe film star

Origin of wannabe

1
C20: phonetic shortening of want to be

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