weeaboo

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Etymology

A nonce word in "Weeaboo", a 2005 Perry Bible Fellowship comic by Nicholas Gurewitch, where it is only an unproductive action or product whose mention is taboo and punished with spanking. Used the same year as a wordfilter replacement for the abusive term wapanese on the message board 4chan, from which its current sense derived and spread. Now sometimes reclaimed as a self-description by anime and manga fans.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: wēʹəbo͞o, IPA(key): /ˈwiːəbuː/
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Noun

weeaboo (plural weeaboos)

  1. (fandom slang, derogatory) A non-Japanese person, stereotypically an unsociable white male, who is overly infatuated with Japanese culture; a loser Japanophile.
    • 2007 May 3, Kai, “Return of an old-timer and H. Naoto review”, in alt.gothic.fashion, Usenet[1], message-ID <23836-4639551F-204@storefull-3118.bay.webtv.net>:
      I remember you distinctively[sic] because I once responded in grand[sic] detail to one of your posts about a kimono only to have you completley[sic] ignore it. Welcome back. The clothing sounds good but I tend to desire a non-weeaboo opinion. People who are head over heels about Japanese culture tend to be a bit “biased” in their reviews.
    • 2010 January 24, Pisces, “ROB IS REALLY”, in alt.slack, Usenet[2], message-ID <5ca8c049-ad60-4ec3-ba74-1326fa02ff3d@o36g2000vbl.googlegroups.com>:
      But its[sic] all over. Too bad. I suppose the boychild had hoped for some little Weeaboo boy who would fuck him up the ass in his mothers[sic] basement. He just really wanted to play dirty Gohan/Goku with someone like him.
      He is pretty sure Weeaboo’s[sic] hate halfassed black kids with cumstained sweatshirts though.
    • 2022 April 18, Steph Cha, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, in The New York Times, Fiction:
      Ingrid has been with Stephen, a Japanese translator and blatant weeaboo, for five years, and yet is shocked when she finds evidence that all of his ex-girlfriends are Asian.
  2. (fandom slang, sometimes positive) A person who is obsessively interested in anime and/or manga.

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  • Indonesian: wibu
  • Polish: łibus

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