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
Otaku is a Japanese word used for foreigners who are obsessed with Japanese culture. A lot of confusion has been made over the years, and people are starting to think Otaku is someone who stays home all day and does nothing but watch anime and jerk off to pictures. This is called a Hikikomori. The difference is that Otaku get out, and have a life, and pass in school, regardless by how much, and talk to other people, depsite the topic. Hikikomori are shut ins, and do leave the house for anything and don't socialize. For any reason. Whatsoever.
*Knock Knock*
Delivery Man : You there?
Hikikomori : *Fap fap fap fap*
Delivery Man: I have a package for a Mr. Smith
Hikikomori : *Opens door naked* Thanks! *closed door and faps*

Otaku 1: Hey, did you hear? They're coming out with a new season for Naruto!
Otaku 2:Naruto is gay, you have to watch anime that deals with Japanese life, like Clannad. You're a fake.
Fake-Otaku 1: No way, Bleach is better than anything.
Otaku 2: Whatever.
Japanese Guy 1: God-damn-it. I hate those Otaku's
Otaku 2: OMFG A REAL LIFE JAPANESE GUY!!! HIIIII!!!!
Japanese Guy 1: Fuck.
by ReaperFi April 12, 2010
This word is often misused by white nerds. Apparently they think that it means "Anime Fan". They are so grossly wrong. In reality it is the Japanese equivalent to nerd. In Japan the Otaku is the lowest social rung.
White Nerd: "I am an OtAkU!!!1111!!!!!1111"
Actually Japanese person: "I laugh at your obvious non-japaneseness"
by looeee-kun March 27, 2008
Many people assume that one who enjoys Japanese anime and manga is automatically labeled as an 'Otaku'. This is completely untrue. Cosplay and the love of anime and manga does not make you an otaku.

An otaku is simply one who over-obsesses a certain hobby, in most cases anime and manga. Typically, this is a negative thing to be called in Japan, although North Americans have begun to take a liking to the word.
American person one: Steve knows everything about Love Hina. He's such an otaku.
American person two: Yeah, he'd be so glad to hear that.
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Japanese person one: That Tsutomu Miyazaki sure was an otaku.
Japanese person two: Yeah, what a psycho.

by Kchan March 06, 2006
fanatic; this Japanese word is used in the common language of anime fans to denote themselves.
She's more of an otaku than I could ever be; she's seen over 26 anime series!
by Vertigo September 02, 2002
Otaku means OTAKU. Those who don't search for the definition will understand the true meaning of Otaku.

Created by the Genius of Zeus and Hades
Get the Otaku out of here!
All the ladies are lining up for my Otaku!
Your argument is Otaku!
I would like to Otaku you.
by MasterOfOtaku September 09, 2012
There's two different meanings to this word. The English one and the Japanese one. Who knows how otaku got translated to huge anime/manga fan. I do have a shirt that says Otaku...
Anyways.

English: Huge anime/manga fan. (Me)
Japanese: Insult. Someone who perfers staying inside all day. (Still me)
English: I am an otaku.

Japanese: ...I'm somewhat of an otaku. Yes, I need a life. Though I will do something with my life once I'm old enough to get my own house.
by ~Jay~ January 04, 2006

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