- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people: human frailty.
- consisting of people: the human race.
- of or relating to the social aspect of people: human affairs.
- sympathetic; humane: a warmly human understanding.
- a human being.
Origin of human
Examples from the Web for half-human
Whether awake or asleep, the bird has an uncanny, half-human look.Birds of the Plains
You're a-gittin' no more'n half-human, livin' up hyeh like a catamount.A Cumberland Vendetta
John Fox, Jr.
The people about me are like some uncanny, half-human beings.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
Suddenly he was startled by the half-human cry of the panther, which sounded as if in the treetops right overhead.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
What possible connection had these half-human things with that boyhood recollection?
- having half the properties of, characterizing, or relating to man and mankind
- of, characterizing, or relating to man and mankindhuman nature
- consisting of peoplethe human race; a human chain
- having the attributes of man as opposed to animals, divine beings, or machineshuman failings
- kind or considerate
- a human being; person
Word Origin and History for half-human
mid-15c., humain, humaigne, from Old French humain, umain (adj.) "of or belonging to man" (12c.), from Latin humanus "of man, human," also "humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized," probably related to homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus) and to humus "earth," on notion of "earthly beings," as opposed to the gods (cf. Hebrew adam "man," from adamah "ground"). Cognate with Old Lithuanian zmuo (accusative zmuni) "man, male person."
As a noun, from 1530s. Its Old English cognate guma (from Proto-Germanic *guman-) survives only in disguise in bridegroom. Related: Humanness. Human rights attested by 1680s; human being by 1690s. Human relations is from 1916; human resources attested by 1907, American English, apparently originally among social Christians and drawn from natural resources.
- A member of the species Homo sapiens; a human being.
- A member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Homo erectus or Homo habilis, that are considered ancestral or closely related to modern humans.