A Japanese word, basically the equivalent of 'loser'.

Many Western anime/manga fans use it as a positive term for themselves, even though it is in fact negative.

However, there are people who know its correct use but are proud of being one anyway; just as some people are proud to call themselves 'losers'.
"Put that manga down and go outside, you otaku!"
by Ami April 17, 2004
In Japan: an otaku is someone without a social life whatsoever and is an insult of the highest regard. There is a negative stigma associated to the phrase otherwise that involves a Japanese murderer who killed women because "they didn't have smooth faces like women in anime."
In America: a badge of honor worn by fans of anime, in lieu of simply calling themselves anime fans. Overused slang that has lost its meaning to many fanboys and fangirls.
In Japan: "With the amount of pornography that man buys, it's no wonder they consider him a disgusting otaku."
In America: "Dude, I love Sailor Moon and Utena because they have lesbians in it. I'm such an otaku! ^___^"
by Maikeru November 28, 2003
Calling yourself an otaku IS bad, as half of the definitions already state. It is the equivalent of a nerd or a shut-in, one of those people with skin the color of pasty white potato innards that obviously never leave their rooms. They speak badly-pronounced Japanese with broken phrases and improper words... like... say... OTAKU. American 'otaku' take pride in being nerdy pale-skinned freaks, and often scan over the latest hentai, yaoi, and yuri just to get off... most don't even know the ENGLISH LANGUAGE that well.

Most otaku sport a collection of Pokemon DVDs, trading cards, and pocky.
"Dood wuz ^ Im an otaku."
by Oh the insanity... November 06, 2003
Japanese for "zealot" or "fanatic". Most common with those who are fanatics of popular (dubbed) anime shows. It is also used to describe said fanatics who go to the point of imitating EVERYTHING that relates to Japanese culture.
When going to college, beware of the otaku nerds who will rant about which episode of Pokemon or Dragonball-Z was better.
by AYB February 10, 2003
1. An American term that is used to denote a zealous fan, usually of anime,manga and video games.

2. Refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of not leaving home.

3. Some one who social skills have atrophied or never even developed, due to their manic involvement in their chosen fandom.
That kid is so Øtakü. He won't leave the basement unless it's to eat.
by morepowerr January 10, 2008
anyone who don't like to go out have fun,instead,he or she spend time at home doing stuff like watching TV,surfing online. In other words,indoor people.
Yang is really a Otaku boy,he even spends his spare time at home instead of having fun outside the house.
by hmmbmm April 09, 2010
A person, mainly a fat American girl, that loves anime/manga and a few Visual Kei bands such as Dir En Grey and An Cafe(possibly the only bands they know). Someone who thinks that just because they watch anime, eat very few Japanese food(pocky snacks also) and know the word "kawaii", they are also Japanese, despite how terrible they look. Someone who can't use chopsticks for shit but uses it anyway. Someone who eats cereal with a Chinese spoon and save Ramune bottles. A very ignorant person indeed.
Otaku: "THAT'S SUCH A KAWAII HELLO KITTY PURSE! Can I glomp you?!"
Me: "Stfu,gtfo."
Me:"Here's a true fact: The Japanese HATE you...."
by jesscookie February 17, 2009

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