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wannabe Syllabification: wan·na·be
Pronunciation: /ˈwänəbē/

Definition of wannabe in English:


informal, derogatory
A person who tries to be like someone else or to fit in with a particular group of people: a star-struck wannabe
More example sentences
  • We are not all Winer wannabes who strive to become the be-all and end-all of blogging.
  • They come up with a few stock picks, then send the legion of wannabes to cold-call potential investors.
  • These two requirements alone mean that many hopeful wannabes will not even get to first base.


1980s: representing a pronunciation of want to be.

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