宅男

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Chinese[edit]

residence male
simp. and trad.
(宅男)
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Etymology[edit]

(zhái) (from Japanese お宅 (otaku)) + (nán, “man”).

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

宅男

  1. (neologism, slang) (male) nerd; homebody

Usage notes[edit]

  • The original intended meaning reflected the derogatory nature of the original Japanese word. However, many men have begun to use 宅男 in a self-deprecating or slightly humorous way when referring to themselves.

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