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1. noun, informal A person who aspires to be or emulate a particular person or role, especially in a vain, superficial, or inferior manner. I love writing, but for some reason I have always felt like a wannabe. The success of the hip-hop star has spawned a huge number of wannabes among fans and other artists alike.
2. noun, informal A product that has been designed to reproduce or imitate the successful qualities or characteristics of something else. There are dozens of wannabes on the market for half the price, but you get what you pay for. You know, for an iPhone wannabe, this is actually a pretty decent little device.
3. adjective, informal Of or indicating such vain, superficial, or inferior emulation. She's just a wannabe actress, still deluding herself that she has what it takes to be a star. The new sci-fi film is little more than a wannabe Star Wars.
See also: wanna
wannabeand wanna be (ˈwɑnə bi)
n. someone who wants to be something or someone. (Associated with Madonna, the singer.) All these teenyboppers are wannabes, and that’s why we can sell this stuff to them at any price.