[ hyoo-muhn-zee or, often, yoo‐ ]
/ ˌhyu mənˈzi or, often, ˌyu‐ /


a hypothetical hybrid of human and chimpanzee: attempts at such hybridization have been substantiated, but no actual specimens have been verified.

Nearby words

  1. humanity,
  2. humanize,
  3. humankind,
  4. humanly,
  5. humanoid,
  6. humash,
  7. humayun,
  8. humber,
  9. humberside,
  10. humbert i

Origin of humanzee

Coined by Gordon Gallup (born 1941), U.S. evolutionary biologist about 1975; blend of human and chimpanzee

Also called chuman, manpanzee. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019