From Japanese ちび (chibi), "runt", "dwarf" or "wee".
chibi (countable and uncountable, plural chibis)
- (countable, anime, manga) A child-like character with exaggerated features, particularly in anime.
- (uncountable, anime, manga) A style of cartooning in which the characters are drawn to be very small and cute.
- 2013, Christopher Hart, Manga for the Beginner
- Since the eyes take up so much room on the chibi face, the head needs to be stretched and, therefore, usually ends up being oval-shaped to accommodate the oval-shaped eyes.