William Gibson, one of the originators of the 'cyberpunk' science fiction genre, used the term "otaku" in his 1996 novel "Idoru". The meaning given, from a Japanese-translation computer function used by a character, was 'pathological techno-fetishist with social deficit'. The character so described spent much of his time online in a multi-user domain and subsisted on Ramen-type noodles and canned coffee. Although by Japan's rigorous social standards a "loser", the character was well-mannered and good-hearted.
"The otaku guys at my last school were into, like, plastic anime babes, military simulations, and trivia. Bigtime into trivia." -"Idoru", William Gibson
by Heather Cruikshank October 10, 2005
Someone with an unhealthy obsession for something. i.e. anime, cars, soap operas...

not necessarily anime but usually associated with it
by Ravyius November 08, 2003
1. Japanese for "nerd."
2. A big anime fan. Unfortunately, the name has been disgraced thanks to the large majority of otakus being 240 lb, 30-year-old white men who don't have a life.
by dj gs68 July 08, 2003
A life form that dies if it cannot watch anime
My roommate's a complete otaku and cried for a week because Naruto was over
by epic_pandemic December 18, 2014
Otaku are smelly, furry, plump creatures that are usually found in their natural habitats: their own mother's basements or in their dark rooms where the only sources of light are the bright glow of their computers or television
my friend is an otaku, he stays in his room on the computer and TV all day
by Amos Nusheg February 19, 2008
1. (This is how it is used in Japan) Otaku means a person who sits alone and does nothing all day day and might watch anime, read manga, ect. In Japan, it is a term that is not taken as a complement.

2. (This is used in other places) An Otaku is a person who is obsessed in a fandom; usually Japanese. In other places (not Japan), it is not taken offensively.
1. Don't hang around with Haley, she is a major otaku.

2. That otaku can sing the hard to sing Japanese song and watches a lot of anime. (That sucked)
by KawaiiNeko December 23, 2014
Otaku

A person who loves to watch anime and read manga and also admires the Japanese culture, but not to the point of denouncing their own, that would make them a weeaboo. Being an otaku is basically being apart of a whole new culture, an it's great! Just don't become a weeb.
"Hey, do you watch anime?" "Yeah!, I am an otaku, you?" "So am I!"
by CurrentSlang2014 December 07, 2014
Someone (such as me) who has an extreme love and obsession with Anime, Manga, Japanese Video Games, Cosplay and anything that has to do with Anime in general.

As you may notice most people define Otaku as someone who has nothing else better to do with their life but sit at home and watch/do the things I have listed above. Which is NOT true. We Otaku have many things to do, wether it's watching Anime or stressing over if our Cosplay is going to get here in time for the next Convention/Expo, I can assure you it is over infinity times better than what most of the people that say those things do. Which is most likely sitting at home eating them selves to death because they wish they had something to do.

And to note that in a previous definition of Otaku, that person said that the word "taku" means home and that that links to THEIR so-called definition. If you know Japanese at all you would know that Otaku (おたく) means "Geek" or "Nerd", which clearly shows our (being us otaku) love for Anime, Manga, Cosplay, etc.

I made this to show my love for Anime and to stand up for the TRUE MEANING OF OTAKU!!!!!!! >:O
Yumiko: "So, how much of an Anime fan are you?"

Sayuri (me): "I am a MAJOR "OTAKU!!!!!!!" ^ ^"
by otakueien July 09, 2011

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