an otaku is a word commonly used to describe someone who is either obsessed with Japanese culture or a geek who spends all his/her time watching anime and never leaves the house. these are both false; that is the definition of a weaboo. an otaku is simply a fan of anime and manga and stuff like that. not a geek who has no life; not a weaboo. but sometimes, otakus try too hard and do turn into weaboos. for a better idea of the difference between otakus and weaboos, read my definition on weaboo.
~Pauly-T-Swizzle
me: hey, do you watch anime?
friend: anime sucks.
me: no, you suck. anime is good.
friend: your such a weaboo.
me: no, im an otaku.
by Pauly-T-Swizzle April 20, 2013

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Someone who is obbsessed, and has no life outside of their obbsession. It's an insult in Japan. Mostly said like "anime otaku". Someone who is obbsessed with Japanese animation.
Not all otaku are bad.
by C-chan November 06, 2003

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One who obsesses about something or someone to an unhealthy extent, sacraficing most, if not all, of their social life.

Often used (incorrectly) by American anime fans as a trendy term to describe themselves.
Correct usage: anata wa otaku desu. (You are a nerd.)

Incorrect usage: I like anime, so I'm an otaku. (This is, however, correct if the person saying it has no life outside of anime.)
by Nosferatu June 20, 2003

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A disease started in Japan caused by "Anime" there are many stages and side effects, if one consumes to mach of this so called "Anime", they may be vulnerable to an even WORSE disease called "Weeaboo".

Side effects may include, Speaking Japanese, Obsessing over fictional characters, shipping fictional characters, spending a large amount of time starring at a screen, and becoming mentally depressed for 24 hours every time you finish an "Anime".
"Yo, check out that guy, I think he's suffering from Otaku"
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Basically Japanese for "nerd".

It has been adopted as a description by many anime fans who are either too retarded to realize it's an insult or are so obsessed with Japanese culture that being called a Japanese word is great no matter the meaning. These sub-categories of anime fandom need to get a proper education and get a life, respectively.
I'm so otaku >.< :D :D :D

Shut the fuck up you retarded piece of shit. Otaku is a fucking insult, okay? Learn to read and maybe you'll figure out these "complicated" definitions. Fucking illiterate bastard.
by Brodo_Swaggins October 22, 2016

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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

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In Japan, the term OTAKU is normally deragatory, meant as an insult. It basically means 'lifeless loser who never leaves their house'.
In America and Canada, though, it is used to refer to anime/manga fans and sometimes video gamers. It is used to refer to somebody as a geek, opposed to a loser, and is not a deragatory meaning.
So it is important that if you go to Japan that you do not use the word without clearly stating what you mean.
Canadian: I could tell you ANYTHING about anime!
American: You are such an Otaku!
Candian: I know, right!
Japanese: Canadains and Americans are a little...odd...
by in-the-stars February 28, 2009

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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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