The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 宅男

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宅男 〈zhái nán〉 {{zh-forms}} etymology
  • {{zh-l}}: from the Japanese お宅 〈o zhái〉 (also written 御宅 〈yù zhái〉, オタク 〈otaku〉, おたく 〈otaku〉) + {{zh-l}} "man".
pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) a (male) nerd or homebody
  • 宅男 is a relatively recent addition to Mandarin. 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.
related terms:
  • {{zh-l}}: a (female) nerd or homebody
  • {{zh-l}}: otaku

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