Definitions

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  • noun countable (anime, manga) A child-like character with exaggerated features, particularly in anime.
  • noun uncountable (anime, manga) A style of cartooning in which the characters are drawn to be very small and cute.

Etymologies

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From Japanese ちび (chibi), "runt", "dwarf" or "wee".

Examples

  • His name is a portmanteau of the Japanese word chibi, meaning "small" or "child", and Amaterasu, the protagonist of the game's predecessor, Ōkami.

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  • His name is a portmanteau of the Japanese word chibi, meaning "small" or "child", and Amaterasu, the protagonist of the game's predecessor, Ōkami.

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  • The ED (“Sekai no Namida” by Aira Yuki) was okay, I especially liked the ED sequence with the cast in chibi mode seemingly chasing the chickens.

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  • The game is a fantasy rpg and has a very "chibi" cute style to it.

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  • First of all, the art is not bad - filled with moments of cuteness in 'chibi' style!

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  • It's the one where they're jumping, they look kind of chibi too.

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  • Her whimsical artistic style, called chibi (meaning short person "or" small child "), is an exaggerated style of manga illustration that's currently the rage in Japan and is characterized by hyper-cute and often very petite characters bursting with bubbly personalities.

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  • Her whimsical artistic style, called chibi (meaning short person "or" small child "), is an exaggerated style of manga illustration that's currently the rage in Japan and is characterized by hyper-cute and often very petite characters bursting with bubbly personalities.

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  • Her whimsical artistic style, called chibi (meaning short person "or" small child "), is an exaggerated style of manga illustration that's currently the rage in Japan and is characterized by hyper-cute and often very petite characters bursting with bubbly personalities.

    Anime Nano!

  • Her whimsical artistic style, called chibi (meaning short person "or" small child "), is an exaggerated style of manga illustration that's currently the rage in Japan and is characterized by hyper-cute and often very petite characters bursting with bubbly personalities.

    ComiPress - Manga News and Information

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  • This is the name of my cousin's dog. Japanese, I think, for white or snow?

    June 18, 2007

  • We once were given a cat named loto for "low to the ground" I think it was a translation of the cat's Cambodian name.

    June 18, 2007

  • It means "small" in Japanese. Lately I've been using it as slang for "small child". Ex: "When I was a chibi..."

    November 1, 2007