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also wan·na·bee  (wŏn′ə-bē′, wôn′-)Informal
1. One who aspires to a role or position.
2. One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
3. A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.

[Alteration of want to be.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wannabee - an ambitious and aspiring young personwannabee - an ambitious and aspiring young person; "a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
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Nicknamed The Tomb, the prison's theatrical design especially caters for wannabee escapees.
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But the group has to be whittled down further, and just 20 wannabee Dorothies can make it to the next stage.
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My new year's hope (rather than resolution) for 2008 is that we finally see the quick but extremely painful death of reality TV along with all its celebrity wannabees (and wannabee wannabees).
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His witty comedy script, "Limping Jokers," is about two irresponsible men, a would-be comedian and a wannabee gangster, shoot each other in fits of rage and, as a result, for the first time in their lives, cannot avoid the consequences of their actions; they end up having to hide out together.
That's what this country is all about," said lawyer Jackie Chiles, playing his role as a Johnny Cochran wannabee.
Let's have community events for the community only, not for politicians - and wannabee politicians - of ANY party.
Walter Crockett and his new band Walter Crockett and the Wannabee Wabbits will perform at John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse in First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St.
Get Ready was Roachford's second album, released in 1991 and includes the hit title track, plus tracks such as Funkee Chile and Wannabee Loved Bayou.