humanoid

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

Definition of humanoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having human form or characteristics humanoid dentition humanoid robots

humanoid

noun
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 Perhaps most unsettling of all were the submissions featuring children’s toys, dolls and other humanoid figures in bafflingly skin-crawling settings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 Perhaps most unsettling of all were the submissions featuring children’s toys, dolls and other humanoid figures in bafflingly skin-crawling settings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 Perhaps most unsettling of all were the submissions featuring children’s toys, dolls and other humanoid figures in bafflingly skin-crawling settings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 Perhaps most unsettling of all were the submissions featuring children’s toys, dolls and other humanoid figures in bafflingly skin-crawling settings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 With his assistant graphic designer Jan Kjær, Faber pitched Cybots, a line of humanoid action figures with attachable limbs and ball-and-socket joints. David Lumb, Popular Mechanics, "LEGO Almost Went Bankrupt. These Heroes Saved Our Bricks.," 21 June 2020 Perhaps most unsettling of all were the submissions featuring children’s toys, dolls and other humanoid figures in bafflingly skin-crawling settings. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 In the scene, two wild pigs and four anoas, or dwarf buffaloes, scurry about as their apparent pursuers—mythical, humanoid figures sporting animal features like snouts, beaks and tails—give chase, armed with rope- and spear-like weapons. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Indonesian Cave Art May Represent World’s Oldest Known Hunting Scene," 12 Dec. 2019 An additional new geoglyph was discovered using artificial intelligence from IBM Japan and the tech giant’s Watson supercomputer, which helped researchers reveal the location of the humanoid figure, who appears to be brandishing some form of club. Fox News, "Mysterious 'humanoid' figures discovered in Peru," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of humanoid

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humanoid was in 1870

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5 Oct 2020

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“Humanoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humanoid. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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humanoid

adjective
How to pronounce humanoid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of humanoid

: looking or acting like a human

humanoid

adjective
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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