Waifu is a term referring to a fictional character, often in animes or mangas, that somebody is attracted to or has nice, romantic affection for.
The literal meaning of the phrase comes from the katakana (Japanese syllabary, used to spell out English phrases) phrase for “spouse”.
The term is common amongst manga/anime and video-game fandoms.
Origin of the term
Because it has been already talked about, the phrase originates as a Japanese borrowing and rendering of the English phrase “spouse”.
The term in Japanese dates again to a minimum of the Eighties, when most likely some youthful Japanese folks might have adopted the English phrase, as a result of of the gender restricted phrase in Japanese, the place “kanai” actually means “inside the home”.
In the early 2000s, “waifu” developed a extra specialised meaning in anime and in different associated media in English-speaking nations.
Unfold of the term
Anime followers started utilizing the term “waifu” as a slang to refer to a personality they actually preferred, one they have been significantly fond of.
The earliest identified entry for this use of the term on City Dictionary was written in 2007, and there’s even proof that the term dates again in its anime sense to 2006.
The expression additionally unfold exterior of anime fandoms, subsequently in video video games, films and even in live-action tv exhibits characters might be referred to as “waifu”.