[hyoo-muh-noid or, often, yoo-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humanoid

Historical Examples of humanoid

  • 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

  • From that they derive the secondary assumption that humanoid types will be scarce.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • While humanoid, the creature was very far indeed from being human.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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