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[hyoo-muh-noid or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌnɔɪd or, often, ˈyu-/
having human characteristics or form; resembling human beings.
a humanoid being:
to search for humanoids in outer space.
Origin of humanoid
First recorded in 1915-20; human + -oid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Physiologically, the Lhari are—well, humanoid, if you like that better.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • All the smart people on Terra, he explained, had Sheshan humanoid servants.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Though he was humanoid, Earth had never seen creatures just like him.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • While humanoid, the creature was very far indeed from being human.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • From that they derive the secondary assumption that humanoid types will be scarce.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • All planets had humanoid 'guardians,' the Arpalones and Arpales.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • There weren't a quarter of that number in the fleet of any world, humanoid or alien!

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • It was a shock to know that the aliens had combined against the humanoid Federation.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Human or humanoid, the creature would still have to live on Dis.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The humanoid saw Kennon and gasped, a tiny indrawn sound of surprise.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for humanoid


like a human being in appearance
a being with human rather than anthropoid characteristics
(in science fiction) a robot or creature resembling a human being
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humanoid

1912 (adj.), an anthropological hybrid from human + -oid. As a noun, from 1925. Earlier (1906) brand name of a type of cow's milk altered to be closer to human milk intended as food for infants.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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