noun, plural wan·na·bes. Informal.
Origin of wannabe
Examples from the Web for wannabe
Doane tweeted, “the film does make fun of Wannabe Berean unimaginative Christians who need to lighten up.”Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)|Brandy Zadrozny|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mike Huckabee, the Fox News host and wannabe presidential contender, was governor of my home state, Arkansas, until 2007.Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming|Monica Potts|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the media show the hyper actions of these wannabe soldiers, public perception changes.
At George Washington University, wannabe political peddlers can now study the much-maligned world of swaying and influencing.
- a person who desires to be, or be like, someone or something elsea group of Marilyn Monroe wannabes
- (as modifier)a wannabe film star
Word Origin for wannabe
1981, originally American English surfer slang, from casual pronunciation of want to be; popularized c.1984 in reference to female fans of pop singer Madonna.