Adjective "wannabe" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who tries to be like someone else or to fit in with a particular group of people.
  1. 'for every success story there are thousands of wannabees who don't make it'
  2. 'For every Sinatra, there were legions of wannabes, never-weres and almost-weres.'
  3. 'Each of the presidential wannabes is carving out their own signature issue.'
  4. 'Yes, snow could be the new sand for skiers and skiing wannabes in this United Arab Emirates sheikhdom.'
  5. 'It struck her suddenly: the world as one choppy sidewalk of wannabes - everyone with something to hail a chance for.'
  6. 'He was just a young wannabee in the club's Academy during this heady period and by the time he broke through, the good times were a fast-fading memory.'
  7. 'The 10 presidential wannabes will take on one another today at a debate in New York.'
  8. 'Who exactly is interested in another wannabee? Stop giving her press if you want her to be ignored.'


Aspiring or wanting to be a specified type of person.
  1. 'wannabee millionaires'
  2. 'He advised wannabe singers to get as much work experience and practice as possible rather than paying for a pointless degree.'
  3. 'His high school days are coming to an end and the wannabe doctor has already mapped out his future up until the age of 30.'
  4. 'But the wannabe stars had plenty of help with a whole host of superstars taking to The X Factor stage.'
  5. 'He fulfilled a dream chased by many wannabee parents, taking the opportunity to drive his wife and child home from hospital.'
  6. 'One of the most frightening prospects facing any wannabe chef is the frenetic pace of the modern day professional kitchen.'


1. one who aspires, often vainly, to emulate another's success or attain eminence in some area.

More examples(as adjective)

"whites can be wannabe."

"conglomerates can be wannabe."


1970s: representing a pronunciation of want to be.