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


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 These will presumably be humanoid dragons, fitting the theme of the expansion. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Apr. 2022 It was seen as the ultimate act of vanity by a vaguely humanoid android attempting to cheat age. Damon Young, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 But this is no high-tech, super realistic humanoid creation. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 The poster child for Russian’s military machines is the humanoid Fedor robot, shown blasting targets with a pair of Glocks in a video this year. David Hambling, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Also present in their dreams: a dark, humanoid creature with glowing red eyes. Randall Colburn,, 19 Nov. 2021 But with new tools there are now interactive solutions, including memorialized online accounts, voice bots and even humanoid robots. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Roboticists often copy nature, crafting humanoid robots for household chores, worm-style machines for crawling through tunnels and four-legged contraptions that look like cheetahs for running and leaping. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, 10 Dec. 2021 And that’s another element of the uncanny—the unexpectedly humanoid aspects. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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1918, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Humanoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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

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