おたく

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

The honorific version of (たく, meaning home).

Noun[edit]

おたく (romaji otaku)

  1. お宅: your home
  2. お宅: (personal pronoun) you

Etymology 2[edit]

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From お宅, 1982–1983 Macross fans, or perhaps earlier; see Wikipedia discussion.

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Noun[edit]

おたく (romaji otaku)

  1. geek, nerd; one who is obsessed with something to the exclusion of such things as social interaction
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Usage notes[edit]

  • In American English, the word otaku is often used by anime lovers when referring to a big fan of anime or manga. In Japanese however, it is always derogatory.

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