would-be

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From would + be.

AdjectiveEdit

would-be (not comparable)

  1. attempting or desiring something
    Would-be marines have to get through a rigorous examination.
  2. unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition
    Would-be film stars often become waitresses.

TranslationsEdit

Related termsEdit

NounEdit

would-be (plural would-bes)

  1. One who aspires to something; a wannabe.
    • Elbert Hubbard, Hollyhocks and Goldenglow
      The would-bes are very sure that the managers have it in for them; just as most young writers regard publishers as being in conspiracy against budding genius.
Last modified on 6 April 2014, at 11:35