Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Desiring, attempting, or professing to be.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wishing to be; vainly pretending to be; desirous of being or of being considered: as, a would-be philosopher.
  • noun A vain pretender; one who affects to be something which he really is not.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective attempting or desiring something
  • adjective unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

Etymologies

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From would + be.

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