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Meaning: a person who wants to be the type of person they admire, or part of a group or class of people they admire

For example:

  • Surfer wannabes dress and act like surfers even though they don't often go to the beach, and can't surf very well.

  • Los Angeles is full of wannabe actors who dream of becoming movie stars even though they have little talent and little chance of getting work.

Note: can also be used as an adjective (see the second example sentence above)

Origin: derived from pronouncing "want to be" as if it were one single word

Quick Quiz:

Marcie is a wannabe singer, and she's
  1. releasing her second album soon
  2. hoping to perform in a talent contest
  3. just done another big concert tour

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