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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.]


(ˈwɒnəˌbiː) or


a. a person who desires to be, or be like, someone or something else: a group of Marilyn Monroe wannabes.
b. (as modifier): a wannabe film star.
[C20: phonetic shortening of want to be]


or wan•na•bee

(ˈwɒn əˌbi, ˈwɔ nə-)
n., pl. -bes or -bees. Informal.
1. one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.
2. a product, company, etc., that copies another in order to achieve similar success.
[1980–85; derivative of (I) wanna be...]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wannabe - an ambitious and aspiring young personwannabe - 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


A. N an Elvis wannabeun imitador barato de Elvis
B. ADJamateur, aspirante


wannabee [ˈwɒnəbiː] naspirant(e) m/f


nMöchtegern m (inf)
adjMöchtegern- (inf); a wannabe film starein Möchtegern-Filmstar m (inf)
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