Wan nabe


[won-uh-bee, waw-nuh]
noun, plural wannabes. Informal.
one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.

1980–85; derivative of (I) wanna be…

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wannabe or wannabee (ˈwɒnəˌbiː)
 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]
wannabee or wannabee
[C20: phonetic shortening of want to be]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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