hu·​man·​oid | \ ˈhyü-mə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce humanoid (audio) , ˈyü- \

Definition of humanoid

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: having human form or characteristics humanoid dentition humanoid robots


plural humanoids

Definition of humanoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a humanoid being : a nonhuman creature or being with characteristics (such as the ability to walk upright) resembling those of a human Why do people respond so strongly to penguins? First, they stand straight and walk upright, like us, so we see them as little humanoids—a convention of headwaiters, ten thousand nuns, plump babies in snowsuits.— Diane Ackerman Those tales of the deep blended narratives of voyages of exploration … with fantastic additions drawn from an ancient repertoire of sea monsters and mutant humanoids.— Simon Schama

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A humanoid robot, sometimes called an android, is a robot that resembles a human. Accounts of the yeti, Sasquatch, and Bigfoot continue to fascinate us mainly because of their humanoid characteristics. The idea of creating a monstrous humanoid, such as the Jewish golem or Victor Frankenstein's creation, has intrigued us for centuries. "Humanoid Animation" is a standard for creating humanlike figures for video that lets the same figure be used in a variety of 3-D games—some of which have nothing but humanoids for characters.

Examples of humanoid in a Sentence

Adjective The movie is about humanoid aliens invading Earth.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The team demoed the technology with a humanoid animatronic bust. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Disney Robot Make the Most Convincing Eye Contact Ever," 16 Apr. 2021 The filmmaker will direct and produce Legendary's first-ever live-action movie based on Gundam, the massively popular anime franchise about giant humanoid robots that do battle in space. Nick Romano,, "Gundam is going live-action with Netflix movie from Kong: Skull Island director," 12 Apr. 2021 The villain Steppenwolf looks more alien and less humanoid, and is covered in a razor-like armor — visual changes Zack couldn’t wait to implement. Washington Post, "How Zack Snyder finally created the ‘Justice League’ he wanted all along," 17 Mar. 2021 In general, people either prefer a highly robotic or a highly humanoid appearance for their robot. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "What Should a Robot Look Like?," 18 Oct. 2013 The third centers on a series of humanoid cave monsters who, hungry for land-dwelling human flesh, begin preying on the spelunkers. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 In social tasks—playing a game or conversing—both age groups preferred a humanoid face. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "What Should a Robot Look Like?," 18 Oct. 2013 Foul-mouthed seraph Ashnikko first strikes viewers with her long blue pigtails and ethereal humanoid beauty. Los Angeles Times, "Channeling Harley Quinn and Lil’ Kim, Ashnikko won the internet. Are the pop charts next?," 25 Jan. 2021 Pepe, a humanoid cartoon frog created by artist Matt Furie, is an Internet meme appropriated by the far-right community online. Washington Post, "Identifying far-right symbols that appeared at the U.S. Capitol riot," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of humanoid


1918, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Humanoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of humanoid

: looking or acting like a human


hu·​man·​oid | \ ˈhyü-mə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce humanoid (audio) , ˈyü- How to pronounce humanoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of humanoid

: having human form or characteristics humanoid dentition

Other Words from humanoid

humanoid noun

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