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Chibi is a style of art, depicting a character in a small, cute way, with oversized heads. It originates from anime and manga, but both the term and the art styles have spread since, and now often even live action tv characters are drawn in this style by fanartists. It is also used as a prefix before a character, e.g. chibi!Spock.
It comes from a Japanese word (禿びる chibiru) which means "to become short or small".
- Meaning discussed on the livejournal community learn_japanese on August 16, 2010. (Accessed August 25, 2010)