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Wannabe (German)

Part of speech: noun, (male)

Would | like | like, Majority 1st variant I would like to Majority 2nd variant I | would | like | ne
Pronunciation / Stress:
IPA: [ˈMœçtəˌɡɛʁn], Majority 1st variant [ˈMœçtəˌɡɛʁns], Majority 1st variant [ˈMœçtəˌɡɛʁnə]
Word meaning / definition:
1) colloquial: A person who wants to be more than he is
Origin of the term:
1) moving closer together would like to and gladly
Related terms:
1) Show-offs, wannabees, braggers
Application examples:
1) Because of his constant showing off, he's a real one Would-be.
1) “Those affected call themselves» Wannabees «, the Would-be.“
Nominative: singular the wannabe; Plural 1 the wannabes; Plural 2 the wannabe
Genitive: singular of wannabe; Plural 1 of wannabes; Plural 2 the wannabe
Dative: singular the wannabe; Plural 1 the wannabe; Plural 2 the would-be
Accusative: singular the wannabe; Plural 1 the wannabes; Plural 2 the wannabe


  • English: 1) pseudo, wannabe, would-be, wanna-be
  • French: 1) crâneur

Practical example sentences

Automatically selected examples in German:

Everyone Would-be Expert, institute or association thought they could look into the crystal ball and know the Amazon numbers with fairy dust. Fatal when entrepreneurs have made a decision based on these figures.
Word Filter, July 29, 2019

Gottschalk caused quite a few fashion scandals during his wedding. Now he's bringing it Would-be-Models on how to entertain.
Today.at, April 02, 2019

In order to avoid 'unpleasant images' from the police, an SUV driver has mounted a license plate cover on his car that is ready for film. But now it was Would-be-James Bond reported by officials.
Spiegel Online, August 29, 2018

As the ex of Helena Fürst, Ennesto Monte came into the spotlight. His pimped member did that Would-be-Ballermann bards now have powerful problems.
Day 24, May 13, 2019

Mega industry or Would-be-Hype? The German eSports market is still a mystery for many. Four typical prejudices and their truthfulness.
Start-up scene, April 3rd, 2019

The Would-be-Hitler von Schloss Augustusburg gets away without penalty, the public prosecutor's office is not investigating any further.
BILD.de, January 16, 2020

A Would-be-The racing driver obviously risked his life in the Bergisches Land - with his four-year-old son in the passenger seat.
GMX, June 03, 2020

A Tesla killer, one Would-be-Ferrari from Sri Lanka or an extreme hit with vacuum cleaner technology - these five sports car projects stand out.
Handelsblatt.com, February 25, 2020

The voters in Hamburg have shrunk the AfD. This is the triumphant advance of Would-be- People's party stopped, which prepares the ground for racism and violence with its rhetoric, says Sabine Henkel.
WDR.de, February 24, 2020

Twelve hot money Would-be- Celebrities have moved to this year's jungle camp. However, eleven are only there after the first day.
Day 24, January 11, 2020

The usage examples were selected automatically and may therefore contain errors.

Thesaurus & Synonyms

  • (the) hero of the strawberry field (coll.)
  • (big) Zampano
  • Show-off: Person who puts their own performance in the foreground voluntarily and without being asked
  • Aufpudler (Austrian)
  • Braggart: Person who exaggerates greatly
  • Blender: dev. a person who blinds someone, that is, cheats; Fraudsters, impostors; dev. a show-off; Originally: a horse with apparently excellent qualities, which however does not produce the "dazzling" performances or does not have the excellent character traits that one expects from him based on his appearance
  • Gernegroß (coll.): coll., obsolete: person who shows off a lot and brags; someone who wants to represent more than he does
  • Gleisner (retired, out of date): va. Person who only feigns an opinion or attitude but does not really represent it
  • Graf Koks von der Gasanstalt (Ruhrdeutsch veraltend) (coll.)
  • Graf Rotz von der Cheeke (coll.)
  • Großkotz (rough): coarse, pejorative: person who puts their own performance in the foreground in a highly exaggerated and unsolicited manner
  • Loudmouth (rough): Person who takes too much of his mouth; Show-off
  • Big snout (coll.)
  • Loudspeaker: pejorative show-off; someone who promises more than he can deliver
  • Big boob
  • Bar emperor (coll.)
  • Pub king
  • Mouth hero (rough): a person who likes to brag about his or her actions and abilities, but actually hardly does anything of it
  • Mouth whore (coarse, female)
  • Muchtprinz (coll., Berlin)
  • Boasters: colloquial: a person who brags
  • Boastful (coll.): someone who publicly draws attention to his skills or possessions in an exaggerated manner
  • Profile neurotics (coll.)
  • Renown
  • Whiskers (coll.): Kitchen utensil with which liquid food is whipped until frothy; Colloquial, derogatory: a person who pushes himself to the fore through a lot of talk
  • Self-promoter: someone who knows how to play himself in the foreground through his own words or actions
  • Proverb Knocker
  • Proverb
  • Stammtisch expert (coll.)
  • Important maker (Austrian)
  • Busybody: someone who pretends to be; someone who considers himself more important than he is
  • Cream puff (coll.)
  • inflated bullfinch
  • big mouth and nothing behind it (coll.)
  • someone who talks a lot when the day is long (coll.)
  • nothing behind (to be)

Another word (synonym) for wannabe - Source: OpenThesaurus

Dictionary entries

Entries from our dictionary that contain "would-be":

sentir: ... my neighbors call the police. Bingo, moles [in the joking sense of "little wannabe informers", editor's note. Practice]! They'll get you. 4) "Il s'était mis, pour ne ...

Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses: ... motto after Boethius, in whose consolation philosophy someone answered the question of a would-be philosopher "Intellegis me esse philosophum?"

Braggart: Show-off, show-off, threesome, maul hero, wannabe, boastful, protester Application examples: 1) It is common knowledge that Mr. Schmidt is also called Gernegroß

Would-be: ... wants to represent someone who wants to be more than he is. Origin of the term: Use of would-be people in derivatives. Related terms: 1) pseudo-examples: ...

Would like to: Part of speech: Declined form Grammatical features: Nominative plural of the noun Möchtegern Genitive plural of the noun Möchtegern Accusative plural of the noun Möchtegern

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