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wannabe

[ won-uh-bee, waw-nuh‐ ]
/ ˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə‐ /
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noun, plural wan·na·bes.Informal.

one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.

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Origin of wannabe

First recorded in 1980–85; derivative of (I) wanna be…

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wannabe

wannabee

/ (ˈwɒnəˌbiː) /

noun

informal
  1. a person who desires to be, or be like, someone or something elsea group of Marilyn Monroe wannabes
  2. (as modifier)a wannabe film star

Word Origin for wannabe

C20: phonetic shortening of want to be
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