'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
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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
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someone attempting to emulate a person or genre of people but failing and earning the disgust of those he is attempting to become like
you try to be a punk, but youre just a wannabe emo fucker. go dead, please.
by vexator February 18, 2003
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A wannabe :
an individual who tries really hard to be someone their not, often by copying others
those little kids that shop at tammy. they buy those black flared pants saying "bad girl" and then claim their goth
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Song by the British girl band "Spice Girls". Openly catalogued as "crap", this song is everyone who was born between 1985 and 1995's musical core. Even if they don't accept it.
Excerpt from the song:

"If you wannabe my lover
You gotta get with my friends
Make it last forever
Friendship never e-ends"
by FGG October 16, 2006
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Wannabes appear in almost every social layer without reference to its cultural roots.
The word is a compound of "wanting" and "being" obviously, it can be interpreted as " to want to be", coll.: wanna be.

The wannabe himself is mainly a coincidental product of bigotry in combination with success the perverse wannabe met with in fact of a lucky streak or an immoral act.
Because of their narrow attitude to life wannabes can't realize their own incapability and, by mistake, reckon their whole past as the logical consequence of their absolute superiority towards other people.
In other words, those people are severely lacking of self-perception, receive backstrokes rarely and are neither able to revise the reasons for a failure (if occurred) nor for success.

A common indication of a wannabe is an abnormal and
and exaggerated self-confidence due to his/her utter self-overestimation.
Additionally, wannabes are behaving arrogantly and become exuberantly stubborn when they are alluded to their moronic self-perception, while criticism can cause them to overreact.

Wannabes are more often than not egoists, they like deceiving themselves and wannabes don't really care for others they can't profit from.

Finally, a wannabe's loss of reality makes him/her fail anytime and prevents him/her from having a fulfilled life, if he/she will ever become aware of the reality.
Wannabe's typicall acts.

Every participant of american idol who was kicked out with scorn.

People who drive 10-year-old middle class cars but fancy to drive a tuned sports car, with them as professional drivers.

Someone who calls himself proficient, although he never had to face real trouble.

Somebody comprehending himself/herself as a DJ just because he/she can turn on the stereo system and increase the volume.

Everyone who associates himself with the discriptons above and doesn't want to believe it - Thinking: "Bullshit! I'm the greatest! The author was merely a loser!" etc .

by antiwannabe January 24, 2006
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Anyone who makes an attempt to emulate another person/subculture/lifestyle; usually done to look cool, make friends, or to get attention. More often than not a wannabe is either insecure and wants to find their niche in society or they are just craving attention. These groups include "prep", "gangsta", "goth", "emo", "nerd", and "redneck" ("goth" and "emo" being the most popular). It all starts out when the wannabe sees a certain group as cool and then they try to adopt the style/attitude/musical taste of that group. This normally results in ridicule and the disgust of the people they try to be like.
Example 1:

For starters, whoever posted entry #10 here. I think I know who you are and the person you are talking about... thats not a very nice thing to say about one of your fellow bandmates, now is it?

Example 2:

Seth (emo): Hey... you know that Jacob kid, right?

Henry (another emo): Yeah what about him?

Seth: Well.. he kept staring at me all week last week and today at school he had the same shoes as yours and the same haircut I have.. and he keeps trying to talk to me about how cool Hawthorne Heights and MCR are.

Henry: Dude... thats f*cked up. What a wannabe!
by Ashleigh*yelhsa December 02, 2007
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