weeaboo

English

Alternative forms

  • weaboo

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/

Noun

weeaboo (plural weeaboos)

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  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[1] (Usenet), message-ID <[email protected]>:

      I remember you distinctively[sic] because I once responded in grand[sic] detail to tướng one of your posts about a kimono only to tướng have you completley[sic] ignore it. Welcome back. The clothing sounds good but I tend to tướng desire a non-weeaboo opinion. People who are head over heels about Japanese culture tend to tướng be a bit “biased” in their reviews.

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    • 2010 January 24, Pisces, “ROB IS REALLY”, in alt.slack[2] (Usenet), message-ID <5ca8c049-ad60-4ec3-ba74-1326fa02ff3d@o36g2000vbl.googlegroups.com>:

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      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 tướng play dirty Gohan/Goku with someone lượt thích 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 Thành Phố 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.

Synonyms

  • wapanese
  • weeb

Hypernyms

  • Japanophile (nonpejorative), egg (white), race traitor, loser
  • (obsessive anime/manga fan): fan, obsessive, otaku

Derived terms

  • Koreaboo, weeb, -aboo (see there for more derived terms)

  • skub
  • otaku

Descendants

  • Bulgarian: уийб (uijb)
  • Indonesian: wibu
  • Polish: łibus

Translations

References

  • Gurewitch, Nicholas. "Weeaboo", Perry Bible Fellowship, 2005.
  • Stryker, Cole. Epic Win for Anonymous, Overlook Press, →ISBN, 2011, p. 29.