manqué for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (mɒŋkeɪ, US -keɪ)
adjective [n ADJ]
You use manqué to describe someone who has never had the type of job indicated, although they had the ability for it or wanted it. ⇒ ...his inescapable feeling that he is a great actor manqué. ⇒ He was, in a sense, an academic manqué.
Wexall had been too long a court performer to be caught offbalance; he was an actor manqué , but not a failure in measured delivery.Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOWIt was good to be amid the clamor and grime of the city; he'd had enough of Senator Dedalus and his oddJamesBond manqué.Lustbader, Eric FLOATING CITY