also wannabee noun Etymology: from the phrase want to be Date: 1981 1. a person who wants or aspires to be someone or something else or who tries to look or act like someone else 2. something (as a company, city, or product) intended to rival another of its kind that has been successful; especially one for which hopes have failed or are likely to fail

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  • wannabe — (n.) 1981, originally Amer.Eng. surfer slang, from casual pronunciation of want to be; popularized c.1984 in reference to female fans of pop singer Madonna …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Wannabe — Para el single de Spice Girls, véase Wannabe (canción). El término wannabe hace referencia a una persona que quiere imitar a otra, sus actitudes o incluso desea ser otra. El término, una contracción de want to be (en inglés, «querer ser»), entró… …   Wikipedia Español

  • wannabe — UK [ˈwɒnəbɪ] / US [ˈwɑnəbɪ] noun [countable] Word forms wannabe : singular wannabe plural wannabes informal someone who wants to be famous or successful a young pop wannabe wannabe novelists/models/pop stars …   English dictionary

  • wannabe — wan|na|be1 [ wanəbi ] adjective INFORMAL eager to be famous or successful, or to be like someone famous: wannabe novelists/models/pop stars wannabe wan|na|be 2 [ wanəbi ] noun count INFORMAL someone who wants to be famous or successful: a young… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wannabe — n an aspirant or imitator. A fashionable Americanism of 1986 and 1987 which was quickly adopted in the UK. The wannabe, typically a teenager or young adult, exhibits an envious or ambitious desire, characterised by phrases such as I wannabe like… …   Contemporary slang

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