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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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An otaku is a type of nerd or geek who loves anime. They also like anime related games or just video games in general.
I am an otaku and so are my friends.
by catato September 09, 2015
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If you wear a shirt that says "Otaku" with the kanji script above it, and you are an american, you are an idiot.

Otaku is not something someone strives to be, nor is it a good thing. Americans, and I suppose other non-Japanese, do not understand the truth to this phrase.
I hate those posers who walk around in Otaku shirts.
by toee May 17, 2006
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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

by fforigens0 March 14, 2009
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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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A total anime addict, who is also a luser that thinks they are a sysadmin or computer tech simply because they know how to use IRC or usenet to leech their 500 gigs of garbage anime every week while infesting said computer (usually their dad's) with various worms and trojans in the process.

An otaku REFUSES to have a job unless it involves some connection to anime. An otaku generally has no social life outside of anime as they will break up with any decent girl/boyfriend who is intolerant of their anime addiction. Also, most male otakus have a secret fetish of being female or are gay/bisexual.

Otakus can generally be identified by their suitcase-sized CD/DVD case, filled with 1000+ episodes of d- grade amine series. Naturally, the 1000+ blank disks they're burned on were stolen from dad or a friend, becuase the otaku won't even try to get a job.

Many otakus are now or have been homeless for a year or more, getting kicked out of everywhere every 2 weeks after they are caught stealing CD-R's to burn anime on.

Most are total losers who will never amount to anything more than a homeless statistic, welfare slob or "that kid down the block" who lives above his parent's garage.
"There's no way I will work at Taco Bell. I'm an otaku!"

Tom: "I'm such an otaku! I've got 2458 anime CD's now!"

Bill:"Otaku indeed! You're just a 11 year old moronic kid in a grown man's body!"
by ultrakill plus January 21, 2005
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In it's current, "Americanized" context: Social parasites. Usually fat, white Americans (with some exceptions) who, for whatever reason (unclear even to themselves), have chosen to become Japanese Nationalists based on their preconcieved notions of a non-existent Japanese utopia-- Notions which are developed from a lack of socialization and over-exposure to (mostly fantasy-oriented) Japanese animation (i.e., Anime, i.e., cartoons-- FROM JAPAN!)
Honesty is a bitch, huh?
Otaku: "DESU! POCKY! RAMEN! DURRRR!"
by Escapism Rots Your Brain August 29, 2008
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