The word 'Otaku' is first of all an insulting and degrading Japanese term; Something that most of otaku don't seem to comprehend and take as a compliment,

They are also annoyingly obsessive anime fans that base their lives entirely on the anime that they watch and have this wild notion that Japan is some kind of Anime Wonderland with giant Robots, pocket monsters, and mystical wells that lead to the past and they go there thinking that Japanese people look and act like the anime characters that they see on celuloid. They also seem to think that speaking "otaku-ese" is equivalent to speaking fluent Japanese and think that Japanese people are going to be impressed with their lacking progress.

They also stalk Japanese natives in their own country and if you have a Japanese boy/girlfriend ladies and gentleman, hold on to them tight because these freaks are determined to snag a Japanese love at all costs and they're not known to leave natives alone until they get a yes from them after they've heard a hundred noes.
Otaku: Do you like Naruto?
Japanese Native: *walks away*

Otaku: Excuse me, do you speak English? Can translate this manga for me? *bubbly eyes*
Japanese Native: *walks away annoyed*

Otaku: Excuse me, hi I saw you from over there, I just want to say you're really cute and I love Japanese guys/girls. Do you have a boy/girlfriend?
Japanese Native: Umm...how about you choke on a fat lard and die?
by Diane S. February 28, 2006

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Japanese: Someone who is an excessive fanatic on any subject or person, becoming experts on everything about. Otaku comes from the word to mean home, someone who's so obessesed that they never leave home.

English: An anime fan who has apparently never been to Japan. They have no idea what the word means but use it because of it's popularity in a retarded attempt to try to become Japanese. They feel anime is the only thing that makes Japan unique or special, and feel that anime as given them the "Japanese Aura of Enlightenment." They role-play as anime characters and dress up like anime characters because they are in such despair of their lives that they have to pass themselves off as anime characters. People with no self-esteem.
Japanese: That lolita otaku murdered a bunch of school girls, and apparently was stalking them well before he did it.

English: Hey Joe, there's that fucktard cartoon nerd, what did he call himself again? Oh yeah, an otaku. Let's kick his ass.
by harajuku September 25, 2005

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Otaku is what some hardcore anime fans call themselves.

Anyone who calls themself an "Otaku" is a complete prick and should be shot in the face over and over again.
I'm an otaku, an absolute twat with no social life , oh, and I'm better than you because I have a bigger anime collection.
by Pix^ June 20, 2004

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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

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in western culture, a person whos obsessed with some form of japanese culture (usually anime-related) (correct me if im wrong)
ANIME OTAKUS KNOW THAT ITS NEGATIVE IN JAPANESE! >.<* its like saying to someone i have no life...hahaha...
by FREAK February 03, 2004

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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

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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

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