Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.


Older Use: Usually Offensive. a member of such peoples.

Origin of Negroid

First recorded in 1855–60; Negr(o) + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for negroid

Contemporary Examples of negroid

  • She may not have had a Negroid bundle in her bottom, but it was close enough.

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    I Want a Bigger Butt

    Stanley Crouch

    December 1, 2009

Historical Examples of negroid

  • It is, in short, a type resembling the Mongolian, or sometimes the Negroid.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • It is a bit of Africa, as Negroid in aspect as any district you are likely to visit in the South.

    Half a Man

    Mary White Ovington

  • This Negroid combination is more manifest in the interior and least in the east.

  • But let us allow the Negroid the benefit of the doubt and accord him the fullest credit.

    The Color Line

    William Benjamin Smith

  • What fields of employment, then, remain open to the Negroid?

    The Color Line

    William Benjamin Smith

British Dictionary definitions for negroid



denoting, relating to, or belonging to a darker-compexioned supposed racial group of mankind. This group includes the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara, their descendants elsewhere, and some Melanesian peoples


a member of this racial group


The word Negroid and other words ending in -oid relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to refer to ethnicity, it is preferable to use the specific name of the people or peoples concerned
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Word Origin and History for negroid

1844, a hybrid, from Negro and Greek suffix -oeides "like, resembling" (see -oid). As a noun from 1859.

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