subhuman

[ suhb-hyoo-muh n or, often, -yoo- ]
/ sʌbˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu- /

adjective

less than or not quite human.
almost human: In some respects, the porpoise is subhuman.

Nearby words

  1. subhalide,
  2. subharmonic,
  3. subhead,
  4. subheading,
  5. subhedral,
  6. subhyoid,
  7. subic bay,
  8. subiculum,
  9. subilium,
  10. subimago

Origin of subhuman

First recorded in 1785–95; sub- + human

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British Dictionary definitions for subhuman

subhuman

/ (sʌbˈhjuːmən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or designating animals that are below man (Homo sapiens) in evolutionary development
less than human
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Word Origin and History for subhuman

subhuman

adj.

1793, from sub- + human. The noun is first recorded 1957.

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