Definition of wannabe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɒnəbi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːnəbi//
, NAmE//ˈwɔːnəbi//
(informal, disapproving) Celebrity news
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a person who behaves, dresses, etc. like somebody famous because they want to be like them a rock star wannabe See related entries: Celebrity news Word Origin1980s: representing a pronunciation of want to be.
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