wan·na·be also wan·na·bee (wŏnə-bē′, wôn-) Informal
1. One who aspires to a role or position.
2. One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
3. A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.
[Alteration of want to be.]
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