Some-one who acts like and wishes they are of a certain clique, but in truth arent, often they fill the more complex criteria of the clique, but miss the defining quality. Their character often seems forced.
A wannabe pimp will dress himself in flashy clothes, jewlery etc, will act cocky and de-meaning of females, like they own them...but in truth have never had a girlfriend, never been close to getting anywhere with a girl and probably never will.

A wannabe gansta will listen to 50 cent all day, dress in a rebelious hip-hop fashion and talk like their 'dope'. However they would probably cry to their mommies if they ever saw a gun and would be too scared to touch any form of drug or illegal good.
Look at those ghetto wannabes, they live in mansions for f*ck sake!
by Rhys Jones November 02, 2006
Top Definition
Poser, follower, a charlatan of sorts. One who copies or immitates all or most of the aspects dealing with their idol. They may wish to have certain clothing, skills, vocabulary, etc., of their idols instead of their own. Most likely a wannabe is lacking in self confidence and is looking for guidance.
The wannabe frequently quoted popular phrases from his favorite rock star.
by BBeam November 20, 2003
Someone who wants to be what they are not.
A big problem these days is white kids wanting to be ghetto.
by Billy Palmer June 20, 2003
1. Someone trying too hard to fit in with a specific crowd of peepz. They usually change the way they act, dress and or talk.

2. A faker, a poser
Milagros Redondo is SUCH a WANNABE!
by LaLa March 05, 2004
(A.) Someone who wants to be something else and fit in a crowd, someone who tries to act like someone they want to be even though it's obvious that they're just a stupid wannabe.
Skater wannabes dress like skaters and buy skateboards even though when they try to skate they end up falling on their arse after about 3 seconds.
Gangster wannabes act tough and hard, but when in a dangerous situation they piss themselves and run home.
by Glittery Goddess July 29, 2004
'wannabe', is a slang version of the actual english equivilant - 'want to be'. there are several ways in which the term can be expressed: in example a) someone who wants to be someone else, they may aspire to the person in question's fashion sense (general appearance), ideas, attitude or music. whereas in b) the noun form of wannabe is infact an insult. it is very likely that you would see this in practice on any of the following, an up and coming popstar, a goth, a chav/townie, and sometimes even old spinsters. all of these stereotypical groupings of people will certainly have wannabes among them. a common one i find in everyday life is that of a wannabe goth. these are people who attempt to dress all in black and wear long matrix like jackets with excessive eyeliner and dye their hair a rather pitiful rainbow colour. someone who is a fully fledged and well known goth will have no worries at being called a wannabe; but small insignificant losers that shop in tammy, mk one, b-wise, and other cheap reproduction shops are a very strong form of wannabes. they will buy overly baggy trousers from tammy, teamed up with a tight black top from mk-one - possibly with already fastened on safety pins and shitty fishnet sleeves, then a un-fiied black hoody from b-wise with the logo 'bitch', 'come get me', or my favourite 'punk'. then they will go around the local market picking up inexspensive replicas of spiked chokers, skull earrings and black sweatbands with a cannabis leaf embroided on them. now, after all of this preparation, the 'wannabe goth' in this case goes out with all of their (usually girls) friends and thinks they look 'hard' or 'cool'. well they dont. and basically they will be taunted into submission by older more wiser forms of proper goths, and then eventually turn chav. chavs are often found underneath your shoe in the unfortunate case when you tread in dog shit. but that is another story.
a) i wannabe like them when i grow up mummy *the young child points to a poster of dale winton, as the parent's eyes widen with utter despair*

b) ''look at my new 'flares' from tammy, they dont fit me properly and i look really c..BANG'' *they are punched in the face by an agressive chav. what a wanna...BANG'' the chav is punched in the face by a much more pleasant goth.

then all the chavs die.

because they are wannabes.
by stinker December 25, 2004
a person who acts like someone that they are not. also see moron
jeff is such a wanna be.
by customfab75 November 18, 2003
Desperate person who wants another persons identity so does a pathetic impersonation lame
Get yo big I wanna be Mike face....
by Giddy November 30, 2003
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