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
A term that is miss-used by both the Japanese and other countries.

In Japanese its the honorific of home. meaning the person is a shut-in. They also refer to a community that visit certain places such as akihabara, Tokyo train station, ect. Otaku in America and other places is a term to describe fanatic fans of a certain thing ,mostly anime. In japan there are also other types of otaku such as train otaku "IE train station", Bridge otaku, anime otaku, music otaku, ect...

In America people think that it is being used wrong, but in actuality its just being used in the alternative term.

In japan the term is sometimes refereed to as something really bad. But their is a growing population that take the name otaku with pride. Demonstrations are being held. ect ect...
EX. how can a train otaku be an "otaku" if he actually leaves his/her house to go look at trains.

EX. how can an anime otaku be and "otaku" if he/she goes out to cosplay shops, akihabara, and other social events such as cons, "maid cafes", where the person HAS to meet other people.
by KoDuu July 16, 2010
there are several definitions of "otaku"

1) polite(correct) way of saying house
2) many people mistake the actual definiton of otaku when it comes to things such as "anime otaku" or "game otaku"
it used to be a insult but recently, the definition has changed to a more positive meaning, although the word can still be used as a insult, it is more commonly used as a compliment
Ex. anata wa computer otaku desu ne (your a computer otaku)

although it is unclear as to when the definition switched, many believe that it may have happened with popularity of animes and mangas going up

manga otaku
electronic otaku
anime otaku
by fforigens0 March 14, 2009
Otaku -//noun//-

A person often described to be as a loser who stays at home and watches anime, plays video games 24/7 and constantly talks about Japan being superior to every country in the world.
These assholes often talk non-stop about anime and other Japanese related media and entertainment.
Most Otakus' favorite video game company is, Nintendo and often thought as, nerds, among nerds.
Slightly less annoying than a weeaboo

Synonyms: Anime Freak, Weeaboo, Japanocentric.
Antonyms: Regular guy, Cool person, Smart guy
Misspellings: Otak
Hey Richard are you a weeaboo? No, I'm a slightly less annoying, asshole, Otaku.
by CaptainFabulous January 20, 2015
Means "Nerd" in Japanese.
People who don't know it call themselves otakus because they love anime and they're addicted to it.
Like weeaboos,for an example,they love anime too much.

This isn't anything good if you're trying to use it when you know its meaning.

What it means is an Japanese Nerd.
He has been calling himself an "otaku" for a half year now. He still didn't realize at all it means a Nerd,in the Japanese genres.
by Lyu / Nyu July 29, 2015
A Japanese slang word for someone who devotes so much of their time to a particular activity that it is detrimental to their social status; a nerd.
"What an otaku; sitting at home always playing Starcraft."
by The Legend Never Dies August 08, 2013
A Manga, Anime, and video game (particularly RPG) fan who is obsessed with anything Japanese and Japan in general because of anime and manga. The literal term in Japanese is derived from home, so basically it means a person who stays at home all the time. They shut themselves away from the world as their ability to socialize to normal people slowly deteriorate and even if they are not Japanese they want to be Japanese so badly. they learn Japanese so that they can watch raw anime episodes and read raw manga. This is the main golden achievement an Otaku can do especially when other Otakus are jealous of this amazingness. They wear clothing with Kanji and their favorite anime characters. They collect anime figurines, fill their walls with posters of their fav anime/manga, life size anime characters, manga library collections, and DVD boxsets (there is much more trust me). They probably have played every single Final Fantasy Game out there. Their favorite food to eat it Ramen, Ramune soda, pocky, sushi, and other various foods that come right out of an anime. They include words like "baka" and "nee~" or "Kawaii" in their everyday lives, yes, even if they do not speak Japanese. Basically just picture a creepy dude with glasses reflecting the glare of light from his HD TV in a dark room, eating ramen and everything anime filling the room. But not all otakus are like this! there are different levels of otakuness.
Otaku hentai dude
by nerdwad3000 May 21, 2010
Otaku is a term used for anime fans. However lately it is a word used only for "eleet" followers of the genre. Most of us have liked " Japanese anime" in one way or another but it is the Otaku that knows what happens in each and every episode of every anime series ever to have existed. The problem is Otakus have broken off into their own snobbish inner circles. They get angry when someone gets a small fact wrong about a certain show and they insist on adressing each other with words such as "chan". They also get very angry and impassioned in meaningless debates such as who would win in a fight between Darth Vader and Sephiroth. Naturally they will always vote for the most girly metrosexaul inspired male character with a huge sword in any discussion pitting famous characters against each other. In the end Otakus are not unbarable because they dress in cosplay or draw fan art. They are unbarable because they are over obcessed, shun originality, and spaz over trivial bull crap. It could be argued the new gen otaku are far more extreme then their first generation counterparts. Older appreciators of anime on average are more laid back despite their eccentric habits.
I enjoy anime casually but it is the otaku that sleeps with a life sized sailor moon doll and quotes Naruto word for word!
by BrokenHierophant February 27, 2008
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